R. Arivanantham

Association submits memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister

KRISHNAGIRI: Assistant Engineers numbering 472 who have been with the Tamilnadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board since 1984 have not got any promotions, while their counterparts in other departments with fewer years of service have gone up the ladder, many of them even becoming executive engineers, according to office-bearers of the TWAD Board Assistant Engineers Association.

The association has submitted a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, who is in charge of the Rural Development and Water Supply Department.

The break-up of those who have not got a single promotion is 61 (25 years’ service); 138 (24 years); 71 (23 years); 50 (22 years) and 152 (21 years).

“If this situation continues for another five years, we will retire as Assistant Engineers,” one of them said. Their counterparts in the Public Works Department, the Highways Department and the Department of Rural Development have reached the third level of promotion within 11 years.

Those who joined the PWD as Assistant Engineers between 1984 and 1987 have become Assistant Executive Engineers. In the Highways Department, those who joined between 1987 and 1995 have become AEEs. Those who joined the Department of Rural Development as Assistant Engineers between 1995 and 1998 were promoted AEEs in 2003.

The association pointed out in the memorandum that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid a road map for development from the grassroots level.

According to the ‘Manual for Integrated District Planning’ released by Dr. Singh at the first conference of chairpersons of District Planning Committees in New Delhi in January, gram sabhas should share a greater level of responsibility in formulating plans to combat disease, eliminate malnutrition, provide safe drinking water and universal education, equip people with skills and provide them employment opportunities and protect the environment.

According to the road map, there should be “a minimum guaranteed permanent establishment at the district level” to draft, implement and maintain the water supply scheme.

The association members said that in order to implement the revised guidelines formulated under the National Rural Development Plan the State government could promote all the 472 Assistant Engineers and appoint fresh engineering graduates at the entry level.

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