“Downsizing of existing workforce should be given up”
TIRUNELVELI: Functioning of various wings of the Revenue Department at 39 centres in the district was paralysed on Tuesday as more than 65 per cent of the revenue officials and employees went on mass casual leave, pressing a charter of demands.
Of the total sanctioned posts of 1,059 in the district, only 258 persons had reported for duty even as 304 posts are lying vacant. “Accepting our protest call, 495 persons went on casual leave on Tuesday while two others are already on medical leave,” said Gana. Muruganandam, district president of the Tamil Nadu Revenue Officials’ Union and Palayamkottai tahsildar.
The protesting revenue officials and employees said downsizing of the existing workforces should be given up while all vacancies in the revenue department filled up without delay. Collectors should be empowered to determine the number of deputy tahsildar vacancies so that the vacancies could be filled up without much delay.
The posts of junior assistant and assistant should be rechristened as junior revenue inspector and senior revenue inspector respectively. Considering the nature of work of the revenue officials, increased salary and special allowance and 30 per cent special pay should be given to them.
Temporary employees working in the tsunami relief, election, passport and colour television distribution sections and the provisionally appointed workers in various arms of the government during the strike should be made permanent.
Regularisation service, better pay structure for lower-level employees etc. should be ensured without any delay, they demanded.
Employees of four taluk offices in Kanyakumari district also abstained from workThe offices wore a deserted look, following the strike.
A total of 352 officials from the Revenue Department in the district abstained from work as they went on a mass casual leave and raised demands for filling up a number of 6, 000 posts lying vacant in the Revenue Department in Tamil Nadu.
They also placed a demand for a hike in salary, according to government norms. Due to absence of revenue officials, the process of election related works was delayed. Santha Kumar, district secretary, Revenue Department Officers’ Association, led the agitation.