Special Correspondent

“Fill 6,000 vacancies lying vacant in the State”

TIRUCHI: Members of the Tamil Nadu Revenue Officials Association went on a mass casual leave in the district on Tuesday as part of a State-wide agitation to press for their 16-point charter of demands.

The association was demanding, among other things, steps to fill about 6,000 vacancies in the department in the State, exemption to the department from staff retrenchment initiatives, 30 per cent special pay in view of the working conditions of employees and regularisation of those appointed on compassionate grounds.

It also demanded dropping of disciplinary action initiated against the department officials who were serving as zonal officers during the by-elections in Madurai district. The association said that despite two rounds of talks held with the government, the long pending demands had not been conceded.

About 350 employees of the Revenue Department participated in the agitation in the district, association leaders said.

Normal work in the Revenue Department including the Collectorate, Revenue Divisional Offices, Taluk offices, Stamps and Mines Departments were affected owing to the stir.

A group of association members, led by Pazha. Shanmugadurai, State Secretary, staged a demonstration to highlight their demands at the Collectorate .