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Construction workers stage demonstration, demand assistance

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Seeking support: Construction workers demonstrating in front of the Collectorate in Cuddalore on Monday.
Seeking support: Construction workers demonstrating in front of the Collectorate in Cuddalore on Monday.

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: Members of the Tamil Nadu AITUC Construction Workers’ Union, pressing their demands, staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here today.

District general secretary of the AITUC M. Sekar said that 65,000 petitions of the construction workers across the State were pending clearance with the government since 2003.

For the past six years they were staking their rightful claims to the government assistance such as compensation for accidents and deaths, medical treatment, education and marriage. Though they were in dire need of money there was uncertainty in getting the benefits, he said.

He pointed out that the condition that only the Village Administrative Officers should certify the construction workers to become members of the welfare board was fraught with difficulties.

As the VAOs were already overburdened with other works, the enrolment procedure would impose further workload on them, thereby causing delay in registration.

Therefore, to speed up the process the government should designate certain other officials to issue the certificates in this regard, Mr. Sekar said.

The union also demanded that those who remained as members of the welfare board for four and half years should be entitled to get pension after completion of 60 years of age.

Those who participated on the occasion included D.K. Panneerselvam, district deputy secretary of the union, N. Ramu Maistry, president of the Cuddalore town union and C. Veerappan Maistry, president of the Bhuvanagiri town union.

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