CM cheered by AIADMK MLAs whenever named in Governor's address

13 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Diane Mills
  • O Panneerselvam-PTI

In an effort to pacify striking transport corporation workers, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced that Rs 750 crore would be released this week towards retirement benefits, with Chief Minister K Palaniswami urging the agitators to withdraw the agitation.

His remarks came on a day when the government tabled a bill to give a 100 per cent salary hike to MLAs. DMK Working President MK Stalin, who is the leader of the Opposition, told ANI, "People will laugh at us for this hike when transport workers in the state are on strike demanding a salary hike".

Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies chose to boycott Governor Banwarilal Purohit's maiden address on Monday, as the first assembly session of the year commenced with a noisy prelude.

Meanwhile, transport employees on Wednesday staged protests in front of labour commissioner's offices across Tamil Nadu as their indefinite strike over wage revision entered its seventh day.

Activists and political analysts were unanimous in saying that the "timing of tabling the bill" was "quite bad" since it has been introduced in the midst of the strike by transport employees.

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As the issue triggered a war of words between the treasury and Opposition members on Tuesday, Palaniswami also sought the cooperation of Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin (DMK) and others in bringing the strike to an end. "Salary has been hiked. Our MLA Sakkarapani opposed the bill at the introduction stage itself and the DMK will oppose the bill", he said.

"The government is hesitating to give salaries to the workers".

Transport workers have been demanding for a pay revision to Rs 30,000; however, the authorities have only agreed to pay them Rs 24,400 per month.

"Tamil Nadu MLAs' pay is much lower than that of MLAs in many other states".

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