Thodupuzha: District Collector, Idukki has submmitted his report to Principal Secretary, Revenue which supports the points raised in her letter by Sub Collector Renu Raj, in the controversial Munnar panchayat building case.
The Sub-Collector had reported after an inspection of the site that the construction of Women's Industries Centre by Munnar Panchayat was unauthorized. The matter had hit headlines over the comments by MLA S Rajendran to the Sub-collector seen as using improper language and insulting to the female officer. Rajendran was at the site when Renu Raj visited there, and he spoke in the presence of her subordinates and the public allegedly without regard for decorum.
The District Collector K Jeevan Babu's report is to the effect of fully supporting the actions and stand of Renu Raj on the issue, and will be handed to Revenue Minister E Chandrashekharan. The report also reproduces some parts of the MLA's conversation. Meanwhile, the minister himself has gone on record lending his support to Renu Raj's actions.
Incidentally many observe that Rajendran's party CPM, is now feeling the pressure to disown the leader and take some action against his behaviour, especially in the light of the recent campaigns led by the party regarding women's dignity and respect during the debates on wome
The construction of the panchayat building was found to have violated norms in respect of distance from the river, which should be 45 metres as against the 5 metres in the structure under construction. Further, despite the stop memo issued against the construction activity by Revenue department, the builder entity proceeded with the construction.