Special Correspondent

Delegation meets Chief Minister

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu Grama Uthiyogasthargal Sangam (pensioners) urged the State Government to increase the pension for the village administrative officers and karnams whose services were terminated way back in 1980.

A delegation of the association met the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi during his recent visit to Tiruchi, and presented a petition stating that the services of the VAOs and karnams were terminated by the then State Government. They were not provided with any pension. The court later in 1986 fixed a pension of Rs.523 per month. At present they were getting a pension of Rs.878. Of late, various benefits provided by the Government were not extended to the members of the association. The monetary benefit announced by the Chief Minister to Government servants in September 2006 too did not cover these members.

The Association urged the Chief Minister to increase the basic pension to Rs.1,250 per month. At present the government was providing a pension of Rs.150 per month to the widows of the VAOs and karnams whose services were terminated.The petition pleaded for increasing it to Rs.500 per month.

The delegation was led by the president of the Association, G. Kanagasabai and comprised vice-president, Periasamy Udaiyar, secretary, S. Balasubramanian and deputy secretary, Shanmugasundaram.