They help people solve their problems
Problems may differ among petitioners. But what is common among them is that they are unable to pen down their problem and submit it to the competent authority. So here comes the document writer, who listens to their grievance and writes a petition which in turn is submitted to the Collector for redressal.
Though they work under the trees and near pavements in front of Collectorate, they solve the problems of people who approach them to write a petition.
Raman (67) of Vennanthur who is into writing petitions for the past 30 years says that illiterates from villages come to the Collectorate to get their problems solved.
Applications requesting free house site pattas, non receipt of old-age pension, ration card request, land disputes, and seeking action against land encroachers were the issues for which petitions were sought, he added.
“It’s a sense of satisfaction when the petitioners come to me and express happiness over their issues getting sorted out,” added Raman. “A few offer tea and thank me,” he said. Around five to 10 writers could be seen from early morning on Monday whereas only a few writers would be present on the rest of days.
A differently abled person who is a writer says that though he could not go for any job, he could atleast earn a minimum amount to support his family.
“Helping the villagers who cannot express themselves in writing gives immense gratification,” he added. Sixty-year-old Kannammal who came from an interior village in Mettur said that her family sufferings should end and hence she was very keen on educating her grandson and granddaughter.
“I cannot write and the petitioners help us. But my next generation should not suffer. Hence they were sent to school,” she added.
Petition writers work under trees and near pavements in front of Salem Collectorate