Locals demand jobs

March 28, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 04:48 am IST - TIRUNELVELI

They want Kudankulam project authorities to select them

Residents observing a fast at Kudankulam on Tuesday.

Residents observing a fast at Kudankulam on Tuesday.

Demanding priority to locals in technical and non-technical posts in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) reactors, a fast was observed at Koodankulam on Tuesday.

Former MLA of Radhapuram M. Appavu, who presided, said the third and fourth reactors, which were under construction, require engineers, diploma and ITI certificate holders.

Instead of giving priority to educationally qualified unemployed local youths, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India was recruiting candidates from other districts or States.

The NPCIL should recruit ‘C’ and ‘D’ category workers from Tirunelveli district, particularly from villages near the site, and those who had given land for the project.

The companies involved in construction of reactors also should recruit local educated youths.

Since the construction of 5,000 houses in villages surrounding the project site under the ‘KKNPP Neighbourhood Development Programme’ has been hit due to non-availability of funds, the grant required for the project should be released.

The cases registered against fishermen during anti-KKNPP protest should be withdrawn, Mr. Appavu said.

He alleged that the contract workers, who were being forced to work for more than 12 hours everyday at the construction site, were not being given wages assured by the contractors.

The Maharashtra State secretary of DMK ‘Mumbai’ Meeran offered juice to the participants to the strike to mark the end of the agitation in the evening.

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