Coimbatore

Pay wage arrears: mill workers

Workers of a private mill in Periyanaickenpalayam, and their family members on Monday petitioned the district administration to get wage arrears.

The Tamilaga Panjalai Thozhilalar Sangam said that for the 80-odd workers, the mill management had not paid the wages for April, May, and June 2014. When they failed to get a favourable response from the management, they approached the Deputy Commissioner, and Department of Factories with a complaint, the petition said.

The officials visited had instructed the management to settle the pending wages within 15 days. After the management refused to do so, the workers raised a dispute under the Payment of Wages Act. Representatives of the management did not turn up at the hearings.

A month back, the officials passed an order instructing the mill management to pay twice the pending wages to each of the workers who had raised the dispute. The workers were yet to be paid, the petition said.

Illegal structures

The Social Awareness Movement has urged the district administration to demolish all the illegally constructed religious establishments. In a petition, the organisation president J.D. Socrates said that though the State Government had clearly laid down rules to construct places of worship, one section of the people ignored the rules and constructed their places of worship at will on roadsides, poramboke lands, and places earmarked for public use.

The district administration appeared to be reluctant to demolish such illegal construction though the Supreme Court had clearly stated that such structures should be removed.

On the other side was the challenges faced by those who wanted to construct their religious establishments by following all rules. This resulted in consternation among those who wanted to follow rules to establish their places of worship.

To avoid such problems and promote harmony, the administration should allot places to people of all faiths based on their population to construct places of worship.

Tasmac outlets

Members of the Puratchikara Ilaignar Kazhagam on behalf of the residents of Periyanaickenpalayam and Gudalur on Monday petitioned the district administration seeking closure of a few Tasmac shops in the area.

The petitioners said that shop 1633 at Vannan Kovil Pirivu, 1619 in Vijayalakshmi Nagar, and 1636 in P.N. Palayam Indira Gandhi commercial complex were in the vicinity of hospitals, education institutions and on thoroughfares used by students and women.

The presence of shops there was of nuisance value to the residents, who suffered the abuses and taunts hurled at by tipplers. They also indulged in brawls that could be avoided if the shops were not there.

Pipeline

Farmers from villages in Sultanpet Panchayat Union asked the district administration to give permission to lay pipelines to carry water from wells that were on one side of the road to fields that were on the other side.

The farmers led by S. Thangavel said that they had obtained necessary permission from the Highways Department and other government agencies but not from the Revenue Department, which had been delaying the permission for the past four years or so.

Now with the summer fast approaching, they were in need of the well water to protect their standing crops — coconut, banana, and maize.




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