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An unhappy lot: Members of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association staging a dharna near the new bus stand in Krishnagiri.
An unhappy lot: Members of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association staging a dharna near the new bus stand in Krishnagiri.

Staff Reporter

Demanding recognition for their association

KRISHNAGIRI: More than 500 members, including 200 women, of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA) took part in a dharna held in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri on Wednesday.

The dharna was organised as part of the association’s State-wide protest demanding recognition for TNGEA as announced by the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on May 18, 2007 and many other demands.

Other demands

The other demands of the association included bonus to all employees irrespective of their pay ceiling, implementation of 6th pay commission during the current financial year, including noon meal workers, anganwadi employees, revenue village assistants, rural librarians and panchayat assistants and retirement benefits for these groups of employees.

Demands for filling up of all vacant posts at regular scale of pay and immediate withdrawal of appointments in government organisations as casual labourers, appointments on contract basis or through private recruitment agencies had also been made.

Expert committee

It had also sought the appointment of an expert committee to look into wage anomalies for technical workers and new insurance policies for government employees apart from immediate withdrawal of transfers of ‘victimised’ association officers of Namakkal district and Joint Commissioner of Commercial Tax, Madurai division etc.

In Krishnagiri, the association’s State Vice President S. Sivakumar inaugurated the dharna, District President R. Durai presided over the dharna. District Secretary K. Agoram and other trade union leaders spoke.

District Treasurer S. Dhandapani proposed the vote of thanks.

In Dharmapuri, Insurance Employees Association’s Branch Secretary A. Chandramouli inaugurated the dharna. District President M. Perumal presided. District Secretary M. Vetrivel spoke. More than 100 members participated in the dharna held before the collectorate.

In the evening, about 50 members of the association staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Director (Health Services) condemning the transfers of Health Inspector C. Vidyananthan (District Secretary, Health Department Employees Association); Village Health Nurse V. Nagavalli, (District Secretary, Village Health Nurses’ Association); and Ancillary Nursing Maid A. Manimekalai.

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