Members of the AITUC submitted a petition to the Collector with a number of demands, including a hike in their pension to Rs. 3,000.

They demanded that funeral expenses for the deceased be given before the ceremony, and that an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh be given for all accidental deaths of construction workers.

S. Sethu, in his petition, said help should be provided under various schemes within 30 days of application to the Tamil Nadu Construction Workers’ Welfare Board. More than 100 people gathered at the Collectorate seeking return of medical officer, Paula Mary, who served at the primary health centre at their village for eight years and was transferred to the Alwarthirunagari PHC. “The doctor treated us well without any bias or prejudice,” the residents said in their petition. “She should be transferred back for the benefit of the poor.”

Encroachments

Residents of Ilavelangal in Kadambur submitted a petition at the Collectorate demanding that encroachments on a land granted to them by the Adi Dravidar Welfare Board be removed.

“A family of 12 have put up four huts on 13 cents of land,” said G. Sivakumar, one of the residents.

“The family members have stolen several thousands worth of cash and dozens of sovereigns of gold from our houses,” he said.

The residents demanded that a children’s playground be created after removing the encroachments.

Move flayed

Members of the anti-Sterlite movement, including activist Fathima Babu, submitted a petition condemning directions passed by the town DSP asking printing presses to seek prior permission from the police before issuing handouts or billboards.

They demanded that fake cases slapped against people after the anti-Sterlite protests be withdrawn.

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