Visually challenged students seek laptops

Appealing to Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish to give them free laptops, a group of visually challenged students submitted a petition at the weekly grievance redressal meet at the Collectorate here on Monday.

The students, studying in various colleges, said the free laptops being given to other students were denied for them despite repeated appeals. Though petitions in this connection were submitted to officials on various occasions, no step had been taken to give them the free laptops. Hence, the Collector should consider their plea and provide them with free laptops which would be of great help to them, they said.

A group of workers from Thazhaiyoothu submitted a petition seeking allocation of sufficient funds for their panchayat under MGNREGS so as to ensure execution of development works. The petitioners said the MGNREGS workers from Thazhaiyooththu were not given work for the past 25 days due to paucity of funds.

The Collector should ensure the release of adequate funds for MGNREGS works in Thazhaiyoothu area, they said.

On behalf of Tirunelveli District Public Welfare Committee, its members submitted a petition seeking the Collector’s intervention to remove encroachments coming up around the overhead tank at Murugankurichi and to construct an anganvadi there.

They alleged that the district administration had failed to take any action to implement the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court’s direction given on September 15, 2006, to remove all illegal structures around the overhead tank. Even though funds were allocated for constructing an anganvadi at the place where the illegal structures had come up, the district administration had not taken any action. “Tirunelveli District Public Welfare Committee will approach the court with a contempt petition against the officials concerned if no action is initiated,” M. Paul Annadurai, president, said.

A group of Industrial Estates Workers’ Union, affiliated to the AITUC, submitted a petition seeking disbursal of gratuity, bonus, leave salary and other monetary benefits as agreed upon by a mattress and pillow manufacturing unit at Pettai industrial estate.

The petitioners said the company, after agreeing on May 30 to disburse the monetary benefits, had given cheques to 43 workers, but all of them returned for want of sufficient funds. “Since the workers’ families are starving, the Collector should instruct the company to settle their monetary benefits immediately,” said S. Kasi Viswanathan, district president, AITUC.

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