TAMIL NADU

Government employees at loggerheads

Two unions trade charges

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: The Tamil Nadu Government Officials' Union (TNGOU) and the Tamil Nadu Government Employees' Association (TNGEA) seem to be at loggerheads, as they are levelling charges against each other.

While the TNGOU president, G. Suriyamoorthy, has sought a ban on the TNGEA and the TNGEU (Tamil Nadu Government Employees' Union), saying they had political leanings. These organisations did not realise that the collision course (against the government) would only harm the interests of the employees, he told a press conference here on Sunday.

Mr. Suriyamoorthy said if these organisations continued to act at the behest of the communist parties, the TNGOU would urge the Government to impose a ban on them. He said they should support the TNGOU in its endeavour to redress the grievances of the employees.

He said through its friendly approach, the TNGOU struck a cordial relationship with the State Government and the officials had welcomed this. However, it was a matter of concern that those who could not tolerate the popularity of the TNGOU were conspiring to sully its image.

(The Communist Party of India-Marxist has stated that it has unearthed an alleged multi-crore scandal in the functioning of the cooperative housing society during the tenure of Mr. Suriyamoorthy as its president. A spate of other charges too has been levelled against him and recently the vigilance and anti-corruption personnel "raided" his house).

Mr. Suriyamoorthy said canards were being spread with an ulterior motive of paralysing the TNGOU. He called upon employees' organisations to desist from indulging in such mudslinging.

However, the State president of the TNGEA, P. Krishnan, took strong exception to Mr. Suriyamoorthy's remarks. Mr. Krishnan, who was in Cuddalore to attend the association's State executive committee meeting, said Mr. Suriyamoorthy was adopting diversionary tactics.

The TNGEA had been espousing the cause of the employees for the past 21 years, and hence, there was no justification in giving a political colour to its functioning, Mr. Krishnan said.

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