Veteran CPI (M) leader VS Achuthanandan announced that he is resigning as chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission on January 31, 2021, due to health reasons.
The 97-year-old former Kerala Chief Minister announced his decision on his Facebook page. “I cannot continue as chairman due to the blood clot in the brain. I am unable to hold meetings or discussions due to the doctor’s advice. Therefore, I have informed the state government that I am resigning as chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission on January 31, 2021,” the post read.
Achuthanandan has been the chairman of the Commission for four-and-a-half years. In this period, the Commission has submitted 11 study reports to the government. He had to travel across the state and interact with several people. The former CM also conducted several seminars and meetings. During these meetings, opinions were collected and subjected to scientific studies. These studies were then made into reports and submitted to the state government. Two more reports are prepared and will be given to the government once the printing works are completed.
He also expressed his gratitude to the people taking part in these studies. “The Commission’s study reports are the result of the collective efforts of hundreds of people. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those participating in these studies. The value of the amount spent by the Commission will be determined once the follow-up action is taken on the reports submitted to the government,” he said.
In 2019, Achuthanandan was admitted to a hospital in Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram following a blood clot in the brain. His health condition had improved but required more neurology related treatment and was moved to Sree Chitra Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.