A veteran Communist leader's Satyagraha

Staff Reporter
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V. Ponnulingam.— Photo: M.Balaji
V. Ponnulingam.— Photo: M.Balaji

V. Ponnulingam, a veteran Communist leader who was Tirupur secretary of Communist Party of India for two decades since 1957 and former chairman of Tirupur Panchayat Union, resorted to the Gandhian way of Satyagraha to make the administrators listen to a public grievance.

Irrigation tank

Upset over the apathy of the district administration over a grievance aired on the pathetic condition of an irrigation tank at Vijayapuram, Mr. Ponnulingam sat in the space allocated for officials during the weekly grievances meeting held at the Collectorate as part of the Satyagraha.

His complaint was that water was stagnating in the tank and could not be supplied for irrigational purposes as the channels going out of it were blocked owing to encroached structures that came up over a period.

“I had sent two complaints in this regard to the District Collector by registered post over the last few months but no action has been taken,” he said.

He expressed surprise on why the district administrators were not following the instructions of the State Government that the grievances should be redressed at the maximum within a month.

Mr. Ponnulingam moved from the Collectorate only after Collector M. Mathivanan gave an assurance to him that the issue would be looked into on its merit.

He resorted to the Gandhian way to make administrators listen to a public grievance




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