Injured women seek compensation

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI : A group of women, who were injured in a road mishap, presented a petition to district authorities at the weekly mass contact day programme at the Collectorate here on Monday, seeking adequate compensation.

The women, who were labourers, had a providential escape when the mini-lorry in which they, along with others, were travelling, overturned at Assur near Thuvakudi last month.

Most of them suffered fractures in the hand or back and were yet to get relieved of the pain. Many came with their hands bandaged, or the neck dressed. The Revolutionary Student and Youth Front, a Tiruchi-based organisation, which submitted a memorandum to the Collector on behalf of the injured labourers, urged the district administration to take steps for immediate disbursement of cash relief to the victims. The secretary of the Front, M. Dhandapani, pointed out in the memorandum that 18 daily-wage labourers were killed and 31 more were injured in the accident. Cash compensation was yet to be disbursed, it said.

Attributing the heavy toll to the overcrowding in the mini-lorry used by a private company , the Front urged the district administration to ensure strict enforcement of labour welfare laws. It sought further treatment for the injured. It wanted implementation of welfare measures like issue of ID cards, extension of ESI coverage by all companies.

The Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, M. Manohara Singh, who received the petition, forwarded the petition to the Revenue Divisional Officer, for further action.