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‘Fill vacancies existing in various departments immediately'

Protest: Members of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Union stage a demonstration in front of the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Thursday as part of their state-wide strike. – Photo: N. Bashkaran
Protest: Members of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Union stage a demonstration in front of the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Thursday as part of their state-wide strike. – Photo: N. Bashkaran

Members of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association staged demonstrations in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts on Thursday urging the government to fill vacancies existing in various departments and to press 18 other demands.

In Krishnagiri, 275 members including 40 women employees participated in the demonstration in front of the Collectorate. Over 500 employees including 120 women participated in Hosur and about 150 including 45 women participated in Denkanikottai, according to TNGEA sources.

The association wanted immediate implementation of the new scale of pay to those working under consolidated basis in various posts.

The scale of pay of the employees working in various technical wings of government departments should be on a par with their counterparts in Union Government services.

The association asked the government to extend the special allowances for selection grade, special grade etc., filling vacant posts in various government departments and restoration of the original provident fund scheme to the government employees.

It demanded regular scale of pay for noon meal workers, monthly pension for retired workers and increase in food expenses for noon meal centres.

Leaders of various associations who spoke at the agitation raised slogans against the government.

Agoram, district secretary, TNGEA said that the DMK government has not fulfilled promises made. Instead it has increased the burden of employees in the guise of welfare schemes to gain popularity among the people.

S.V. Raja, district vice-president, Tamil Nadu Rural Development and Local Administration Employees Association presided.

C. Vidyananathan from Public Health Department and office-bearers of the associations from Agriculture, Social Welfare, Treasuries, Judiciary, Sericulture, Municipal Administration, Highways, Noon Meal employees spoke.

In Dharmapuri, the demonstration was held at the District Court Complex and in front of the District Collectorate.

M. Perumal, district president presided over the demonstration in front of the Collectorate. S. Tamil Selvi, state secretary spoke.

As many as 300 members of the TNGEA, including 60 women, participated in the demonstration.

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