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    140 displaced fishermen families in TN waiting for permanent jobs

    Sunil Aswal
    May14/ 2022

    Chennai: At least 140 families from Kattupalli Kuppam in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur district, who were displaced in 2009 due to a project to build a shipyard and a port, are still awaiting for the permanent jobs they were promised. To bring an end to their problem, members of the affected families and a group of senior citizens have petitioned Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. Following their displacement, the families, who earned their livelihood by fishing in the deep sea, were provided housing at a place that was some 2 km away from the nearest beach. Even though the company, which was incharge of the project, had assured in writing that one member of the family would be provided a permanent job, but to no avail. They were given appointments on a temporary basis and were trained and given jobs in welding, fitting and crane operation. One such displaced person, Sajith Lal told IANS: "We were promised permanent jobs by the company and the district administration had endorsed it. Presently each of us is getting a meager salary of Rs 16,000, while those doing the same job and who are permanently employed are getting thrice of our salary along with other benefits." Sajith said that the workers, including him, are on strike since February but the company and the district administration are not listening to them. Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) also did not hear them properly and has not brought out a solution to their woes, the affected family members said. Social activists, who have taken up the cause, said that a cooperative society of the workers was formed in 2014 at the insistence of the company and the government and the workers are employed through this society. Speaking to IANS, C. Rajeev, Director, Centre for Po ...

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