Seeking action against the management of an unrecognised pharmacy college at Kadayanallur, a group of students staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Monday and submitted a petition to Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish.

The protesting students said the private pharmacy college at Kadayanallur, which lost its university recognition, continued to admit students for three years even after losing the mandatory recognition. Since the college’s name had been included in the university’s list of affiliated colleges, the students joined the institution after paying hefty capitation fee. Since the college had lost its recognition and the students could not write the examination, the district administration should transfer the affected students to some other college, the petitioners said.

Free house sites sought

A group of washermen, affiliated to the Tirunelveli District Dhobis Welfare Association, staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate before submitting a petition to Ms. Shilpa. In the petition, they, led by Association president Govindan, said free house sites were given to 67 washermen in Alangulam area and promised free houses on these sites, which should be given to the poor beneficiaries as assured. Similarly, free houses should be given to the washermen of Palayamkottai at Arockiyanathanpuram near Palayamkottai.


The Samaththuva Makkal Kazhagam cadres submitted a petition seeking the removal of encroachments on the irrigation channels. Since these illegal structures were obstructing the free flow of water to the ranches, several acres of land had been left uncultivated for the past several years. Hence, the Collector should remove the encroachments.

‘Execute road scheme’

A group of residents from Sri Nagar in Thazhaiyooththu submitted a petition to the Collector appealing to her to execute the west bypass road scheme without affecting the residential areas.

Water supply

Another group of residents from Sankar Nagar appealed to the Collector to ensure the regular and adequate supply of drinking water to their area which had been connected by a narrow road with potholes. Besides repairing the road, steps should be taken to ensure regular supply of drinking water to the residents.

Dumping of garbage

The Sankar Nagar Town Panchayat administration should be instructed not to dump garbage on the vacant lands instead of implementing credible solid waste management programme as mandated by the Supreme Court, the petitioners said.

Labour welfare rules

On behalf of Tirunelveli District Democratic Vessels Manufacturing Workers’ Welfare Association, its general secretary Rajamanickam submitted a petition seeking implementation of labour welfare rules in a vessels manufacturing unit at Pettai near here, employing 45 workers.

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