May 31 2020
Tamil Nadu CM appeals to striking government employees to return to work
30 January 2019

Urges them to put people’s welfare before self-interest

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday appealed to striking government employees and teachers to withdraw their strike and return to work.

Members of the Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers' Organisations and Government Employees' Organisations (Jactto-Geo) have been on strike since January 22, affecting work in government offices and students in State-run schools.

More join protest

The CM’s appeal came after more government employees’ associations, including the Tamil Nadu Secretariat Association (Tansa), confirmed on Tuesday that they would go ahead with a one-day token strike announced earlier, pressing for three primary demands. Earlier, Chief Secretary Girjia Vaidyanathan issued a circular to heads of department to take action against employees who go on strike.

While in the Madras High Court, the government rejected Jactto-Geo’s demand to be invited for talks with the CM, later in the day, Mr. Palaniswami made a strong appeal to the employees.

Listing out the various challenges before the government, he said that when responsibilities were weighing heavy, it would not be appropriate to keep insisting on “rights” alone.

Tamil Nadu was caught in a pincer of drought and drinking water scarcity, he pointed out. “People are struggling to get drinking water daily. People in delta districts have not overcome the massive destruction caused by Cyclone Gaja,” he said. The government had the responsibility of rebuilding homes and ensuring development activities across the State.



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