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DK lauds State Government for revoking ban on recruitment

CHENNAI: The Chief Minister's announcements in the Assembly on Friday have drawn a mixed response from the Pattali Makkal Katchi and Dravidar Kazhagam.

While the PMK has said that the announcements have been made with an eye on the coming Assembly elections, the DK has argued that when the proposed measures will eventually benefit the people, is it not appropriate for unbiased persons to welcome them.

S. Ramadoss, PMK founder, said it was because of the coming Assembly elections that forced the Chief Minister to announce the merger of dearness allowance with basic pay for government employees and teachers, without a report from pay commission and discussion on findings of such a report.

"She is talking one language when elections approach and another after that. She can dream of misleading the ordinary folk but not the educated class, government employees and teachers who will unmask her design," he said.

K. Veeramani, DK president, commended the State Government for revoking the ban on recruitment and said there were 1.5 lakh vacancies in different departments. They should be filled immediately through the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. Welcoming the Government's other decisions, he wanted the administration to decide the issue of reinstatement of gang mazdoor in highways department on compassionate grounds. He noted that the interim budget did not have any tax and at the same time, the deficit was not high.