As many as 2,354 people employed under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act were given salary amounting to Rs. 76 lakh in the Puducherry and Karaikal regions after the intervention of Legal Services Authority.

The Legal Services Authority, which is the competent agency to address grievances of those employed under the Act, directed the commune panchayats to pay the salary after it received complaints of non payment of wages.

Member Secretary of Legal Services Authority K. Uthirapathy told reporters that they came to know about non payment of salary during monthly public interface programmes held in various villages.

“Summons was issued to respective officials from the commune panchayats and complainants. After hearing the views, we directed the panchayats to pay the salary. The total amount comes to Rs. 76.02 lakh,” he said.

Complaints were received from Neravy, T.R Pattinam, Nedungadu, Kottucherry at Karaikal and Mangalam, Sellipattu, Vinayagampattu, Sorapattu, Bahourpet, Ambedkar Nagar, Karayamputhur, Chinnakarayamputhur, Panayadikuppam at Puducherry, he said.

When asked why the amount was not paid by the commune panchayats, he said the Legal Services Authority's task was to redress the grievance and not to go into other issues.

Appealing to public to use the services of the Authority in solving grievances related to marriage registration, non payment of wages, he said public could call 2338831 to air their problems.