Relief after four years of battle with Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation
Thangamarimuthu, a conductor, lost his legs in an accidentReinstated in a clerical job in 2006
MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) on Wednesday disbursed Rs.1,52,226 towards the salary arrears due to a physically challenged employee, P. Thangamarimuthu of Madurai, who lost his legs in an accident on September 11, 2003 while working as a conductor.
Initially, he was discharged from service and not provided with an alternative job despite High Court orders. His plight was highlighted in The Hindu on February 10, 2006.
Immediately, the then Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, directed the officials concerned to reinstate him with all monetary and service benefits. Though he was reinstated in a clerical job, the salary arrears due to him were not disbursed. This too was reported in columns of The Hindu on Monday.
In the meantime, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High court suo motu treated a letter written by the victim as a public interest litigation petition and issued notice to the TNSTC counsel on Tuesday. When the matter came up for admission before a Division Bench comprising Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice K. Veeraraghavan on Wednesday, the victim's counsel reported that his client had received the cheque towards salary arrears on the same day morning.
He also told that the victim had decided to visit the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad on April 5 for fixing artificial limbs as per the guidance of the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Mr. Thangamarimuthu, thanked the President, the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, The Hindu and all those who strived for establishing the Madurai Bench.