TAMIL NADU

Committee hears demands from palm tree workers

FIVE-CITY TOUR: Justice K.P. Sivasubramanian panel hearing the views of members on toddy tapping in the city on Tuesday. Collector N. Mathivanan (second from left) is seen.

FIVE-CITY TOUR: Justice K.P. Sivasubramanian panel hearing the views of members on toddy tapping in the city on Tuesday. Collector N. Mathivanan (second from left) is seen.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: G. Moorthy

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Recommendations to be submitted to government in 4 months

MADURAI: A government appointed Committee headed by Justice K. P. Sivasubramanian, to study the demands of coconut tree and palm tree workers, is expected to submit its recommendations to the State government in four months.

After hearing demands of coconut tree and palm tree workers from the representatives of various organisations, including the Tamil Nadu Toddy Movement, All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi and AITUC members, here on Tuesday, Mr. Sivasubramanian told reporters that the State government had formed the panel two months ago which would study and present its recommendations.

Five zones

Keeping in mind the need to hear as many workers and their representatives, the panel had divided the State into five zones.

At a hearing here, apart from Madurai, representatives from Dindigul, Sivaganga, Theni, Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram attended the meeting.

In Tirunelveli today

The panel would visit Tirunelveli on Wednesday where members from the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari and Virudhunagar would participate, he said.

Mr. Sivasubramanian, replying to a query, said that they would hear from representatives from all over the State and finally submit their findings.

Apart from Mr. Sivasubramanian, the Committee has Home and the Law secretaries and former DGP P. Rajendran. Madurai Collector N. Mathivanan was present at the meeting.

The State government had recently issued a stern warning against illegal toddy tapping and following representations, the government, as a first step, had formed the panel.

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