It was a normal, and usual day for Kerala legislative assembly - the offices in the assembly premises were marking yet another day and so is the capital and the state until the heart touching meet of Kerala's Chief Minister on Tuesday which, after the pictures of the meet came out, made the day as special, memorable one for the people and for the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan. While describing the meet, Pinarayi Vijayan had expressed that he had a very touching experience this morning.
He has been the Chief Minister of Kerala for past three years and being a Chief Minister, he would have ought to meet thousands of people, had come through the mixtures of critics and compliments and he is one of the busiest people in the country by having the direct connection with the people and having more engagements as like how the rest of his counterparts have..What more touching he had this morning which he didn't have throughout his tenure? The Chief Minister of the state must inevitably meet the people but his meeting with Pranav wasn't the normal one to get added in the list of his meetings rather it was filled with smiles, generosity, respect, equality and with a 'selfie' without selfish.
Pranav is a differently-abled person and born with no hands. No hands don't mean that there is no hope..he replaced the absence of his hands with his legs through which he became one of the notable painters. He was not there to meet the Chief Minister to fulfill his deeds but instead, he came to meet Vijayan to hand over his contributions to the Chief Minister' s Grievance Redressal & Distress Relief Fund. With no hands, how he exchanged the handshakes with the Chief Minister? Through legs.. and without hesitation, the Chief Minister touched his legs and exchanged his greetings to Pranav while smile, gentle, love and respect occupied the faces which made the day as a special one presented by the god's own country to the rest of the nation. By hopeful handshakes, Pranav had expressed the happiness for the support being rendered by the government for differently-abled people in the state.
For Pinarayi Vijayan, it's his humanity, simplicity and gentleness have been the chapters of his books and his political career that bypasses, overrules the words of critics and accusations. Despite having thousands of differences within the political lines, his humanity had always served beyond the political fences by touching the hearts and by staying close to the people. During March last year, Pinarayi Vijayan directly visited the family of tribal youth Madhu, who was horrifically lynched and killed by a mob on February 22nd, at their home in Attappadi and sat on the floor with the family while assuring them that the state government would initiate all necessary steps in ensuring that the perpetrators would be awarded maximum punishment. With the view of the welfare of the state's tribal people, he ordered the authorities to immediately address the complaints filed by tribal people and assured that the government would survey to assist with the physical and mental ailments of Adivasis and tribal people.
Since he took office in May 2016, he kept adding potential ideas and initiatives to light the hope of the people towards providing welfare-oriented governance. In 2017, Pinarayi Vijayan increased the corpus and the number of the people eligible for welfare pension to the highest level in the history of Kerala - the plan covered 5 million people through the funding of Rs 6,000 crore. He also directed the state's hospitals (both government and private) to provide free treatments for the accident victims in the crucial first 48 hours and his promise went on to the doors of every people in the form of power connection and toilets for every household. While concentrating on the welfare of the people, he also reopened and resumed the operations of some of the public sector units in the state that were immobilized and he turned the companies as profitable one by providing employments, constructed apartments for the homeless and hopeless, regulated agriculture and installed better and extensive management of natural resources including forests and water bodies that helped the state to remain evergreen and one of highly visited states in India.
He enhanced the prevailing corridors of social and capital infrastructure by rebuilding and renovating with huge investments of about Rs 50,000 crore despite Kerala being one of the states with revenue deficits. The newly set up 'Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board' had funded the government for strengthening the infrastructure. One of his important policies was to be secular and to respect equality and that was clearly shown when he successfully implemented the reservation norms in state governed temples to let Dalits work as temple's priests and his respect and equality had inducted about 23 transgenders to Kochi metro that was covered by the international media and he respected the students and committed to retaining the literacy rate of Kerala - India's top literacy rate and his Rs 900 crore education loan repayment scheme had let the students carry more books and qualifications in the place of carrying more burdens. He initiated a scheme of ' She Pad' with the view of providing free sanitary napkins for free in most of the public schools which most of the states are far more behind.
His welfare governance and his commitments to transform Kerala through his people-friendly reforms had, on the other hand, testified and quaked by the series of critics, accusations, and allegations and one of the major allegations is the place for political killings between the Right and Left-wing parties and there were many deaths recorded in Kannur, Pinarayi Vijayan's home district and being the minister in charge for state's home affairs, he was fiercely accused by the opposition parties and adding inline, he was criticized for not visiting the area near to his office that was worst hit by Cyclone Ockhi in 2018 which devastated the state. After four days of the disaster, he visited the spot hours before BJP leader and the then-Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman scheduled to visit and Sabarimala issue joined in the line of accusations where the state had encountered protests against letting the women inside the temple which now awaits the verdict from the Supreme court.
However, keeping the critics aside, he has been admired as the Chief Minister with simplicity, approachable and with the potential to address issues of the state that collectively present the reasons to love and to admire Pinarayi Vijayan.