Coimbatore

Washermen seek water supply to continue work

Members of Tamil Nadu Vivasayeegal Sangam squatting at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Monday to complain about illegal tapping of water discharged from the Corporation’s treatment plant in Velliangadu.   | Photo Credit: S_ SIVA SARAVANAN

Washermen from Edayar Street (Ward 80), who are dependent on the Coimbatore Corporation-constructed washing facility, have urged the civic body to supply water. In a petition submitted to the district administration at the weekly grievances redress meeting on Monday, B. Malliha, head, Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan, said that the livelihood of 100 families that were dependent on the facility has been affected. The Corporation should sink a borewell to provide water, she said.

Illegal water connection

Tamil Nadu Vivasayeegal Sangam has urged the district administration to act against those who illegally tap waste water from the Coimbatore Corporation’s water treatment plant in Velliangadu.

In its petition, the association said that the waste water from the treatment plant flowed through Muttukallur, Parapallam, Panapalayam Pudur and reached Thekkampatty, where it entered River Bhavani. In those places, farmers used it to irrigate over 2,000 acre. But, given the drought, a few people had illegally constructed barrages to store water. The administration should act against those who illegally tapped the water, they demanded.

Pension for construction workers

The construction workers’ wing of the All India Trade Union Congress has urged the State Government to provide pension for all workers who were aged over 60 years. In its petition , the trade union said that following the constitution of the construction workers’ welfare board in 1995, the State Government said that for those workers who had been members for five years without a break and crossed 60 years of age, it would provide pension.

But as per the promise, it failed to give pension in the year 2000. Following five years of demand, the Government agreed to its demand in 2005 and also promised to pay arrears for the five preceding years.

While processing the requests, it rejected many workers claim that they had not been members for five consecutive years. Again after a series of protests, the Government agreed to its demand for pension for all workers who had completed 60 years of age, irrespective of the period of membership. It issued a government order in this regard.

But officials in the Labour Department misinterpreted the order to mean that it was applicable only from the date of the order and not for those who applications were rejected earlier,the petition said. The Government should therefore clarify its order and should announce on the floor of the Assembly that all construction workers aged over 60 years were eligible for the pension.

Dalit youth seeks action against employer

Appanaickenpalayam resident N. Karthikeyan (19) has asked the District Collector to direct the Thudiyalur Police to register a case based on his complaint and act against his employer. In his petition , he said his superiors accused him of swindling money and called him by his caste name. They also said that they would not pay him the June month’s salary and asked him to quit the job. When he reported the matter to the Thudiyalur Police and lodged a complaint, the Police refused to entertain the same. He was therefore forced to knock on the doors of the district administration, he added and sought action on his complaint.

‘Improve sanitation’

Residents of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Ward 16, represented by members of the Tamil Puligal Katchi, complained of poor sanitation and wanted the Coimbatore Corproation to take remedial steps.

‘Water supply stopped without reason’

The Coimbatore District Books and Registers Manufacturing Women Development Welfare Society has urged the district administration to ensure resumption of water supply. It said that the Coimbatore Corporation officials severed water supply even though the Society paid water charges in time and had no dues.

Man seeks government’s help for son’s treatment

R. Marimuthu, a tea master from Avarampalayam, on Monday sought the State Government’s help to cure his three-year-old son of Thalassemia . In his petition, he said that the doctors told him that his son should be taken to private super speciality hospitals in Chennai for stem cell transplantation and the cost could run into a few lakh rupees. He was therefore seeking the State Government’s help.

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