‘Exhausted’ officials stay away

Published - February 27, 2017 10:03 am IST - MADURAI

A large number of revenue officials associated with Tamil Nadu Revenue Officers’ Association boycotted the meeting got up to review drought relief work, alleging “overburdening of work due to improper planning.”

A senior office-bearer of the association said that the past four months in particular were very stressful for the revenue officials, mainly because of drought assessment and seemai karuvelam removal work.

There were constant changes and lack of clarity on the format in which data had to be collected.

“Moreover, extremely short notices were given at times. For instance, there will be a video conference at 9 p.m. in which new instruction will be given and data expected the next day morning,” an official said.

The association also complained of pressure in removing seemai karuvelam trees as per orders of Madurai Bench of Madras High Court even though no funds or adequate manpower were allocated for it.

“It is not that we did not want to put additional effort for the welfare of the people. We did that during jallikattu and elections. Our request is only to avoid unnecessary burdening and harassment,” a senior office-bearer said.

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