Veteran CPM leader and former Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan has relinquished his post of State Administrative Reforms Commission Chairman, on health grounds. The resignation letter has been handed over to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Achuthanandan had not been keeping well for more than a year, thus hampering the activities of the commission in a significant manner.
After brain haemorrhage, doctors had recommended complete rest and constant medical care to the veteran leader who turned 97 in October last. In a statement released here on Saturday, Achuthanandan said he has submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as his physical health no longer permitted him to continue in the commission’s chairman post, which he had been holding for the last four and a half years. Around 11 study reports have been submitted and two more under preparation. These will be submitted soon. Achuthanandan had vacated his official residence recently, sparking speculations about his decision to relinquish the post any time soon. “Since I continue to be under strict medical care, I am not able to conduct meetings or engage in dialogues. In this scenario, I have informed the government about my decision to quit the post with effect from 31/1/2021,” Achuthanandan said.