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BARRED: Police preventing members of a farmers’ association from entering the tahsildar’s office in the city on Tuesday.
BARRED: Police preventing members of a farmers’ association from entering the tahsildar’s office in the city on Tuesday.

Allege inordinate delay in processing applications

MADURAI: Members of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam and All India Agricultural Labourers’ Association tried to lay siege to the offices of Madurai North and South Tahsildars protesting against inordinate delay in processing applications seeking free house site pattas.

However, they dispersed following assurances given by Revenue officials that the applications would be processed, based on established norms, by this month-end.

Earlier, the Madurai MP, P. Mohan, challenged the State Government to publish the list of beneficiaries under the free house site pattas in all taluk offices. If the Government believed in transparency in governance, it should come out with the list of over three lakh beneficiaries declared by it.

The Vivasayigal Sangam State leader, K. Mohammed Ali, said that the Government had given only one lakh acres of land under the free two-acre scheme. The protestors also sought re-classification of land categorised as water bodies. The party district secretaries, R. Annadurai, and V. Sundaram participated.

CPI stages dharna

Meanwhile, members of Bharatiya Keth Mazdoor Union, affiliated to Communist Party of India, staged a dharna in protest against the police for allowing CPI(M) affiliated associations to use public address system when their (CPI) associations were given permission at venue.

The members, led by the party district secretaries, M. Saravanan and M. Kalidoss, demanded that workers should be paid the right minimum wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Besides, they wanted setting up of a committee to monitor functioning of the scheme to prevent irregularities.

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