Tamil Nadu Sacks 100,000 Employees
Chennai July 5. A day after promulgating the ordinance providing for summary dismissal of striking employees, the Tamil Nadu Government today sacked nearly one lakh staff members and teachers. Armed with the amended Essential Services Maintenance Act, department Secretaries and District Collectors went ahead with large-scale dismissal of employees, including gazetted officers, who struck work on July 2 or July 3, throughout the State.
At the Secretariat, over 2,200 employees out of over 4,000 who did not turn up for work on July 2 were dismissed till this evening. The "termination" notices listing the names were merely put up on the noticeboards of the offices of 31 departments.
As for other government offices, employees who absented from work on July 3 were sacked as they plunged into the strike one day after the Secretariat staff had launched the protest. At Ezhilagam, which houses the offices of heads of departments, the services of at least 1,500 out of the 3005 employees were terminated, leaving many offices virtually without staff. In all, nearly 9,000 staff members of various government offices in Chennai got the marching orders.
In government offices across the State, noticeboards announced the dismissal of thousands of employees and teachers. In the southern districts, over 23,000 were sacked, including 10,392 in Tirunelveli and 3,489 in Madurai. Erode outscored other districts, with the maximum dismissal of 13,239 staff members, while in Coimbatore 2,034 were sacked. Tiruvannamalai had the lowest dismissal figures 106. Thousands more were said to be on the chopping block, but court intervention appeared to have put the brakes on the dismissal spree.
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