All Work, No Pay: SECC ‘Supervisors’ Left in the Lurch

Published: 04th November 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Two years flew by since the compilation of the much-touted Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC). But the ‘Supervisors’ who toiled and moiled to complete it are yet to get the remaining 50 percent of their remuneration. According to the higher officials and the statement issued by the poverty alleviation department that comes under Commissionerate of Rural Development, the fund had already been sanctioned. But it seems that it is stuck somewhere in the middle.

The letter dated October 10, 2014, by the poverty alleviation department states that the Commissioner of Rural Development had released `25,12,500 towards honorarium and TA/DA to enumerators and supervisors. At the same time, it also pointed out that the fund will be given to those centres except Aluva and Maradu municipalities which are yet to submit their claims towards honorarium. But on inquiry, it was revealed that not only the supervisors of Aluva and Maradu municipalities but also the supervisors under the Kochi Corporation are yet to get their remaining remuneration.

They did not get 50 per cent of their promised remuneration even after the Commissionerate of Rural Development released the fund. K V Mohan Kumar, Commissioner for Rural Development, attested that the fund has already been sanctioned. “It is the responsibility of the respective local bodies to disburse it to the proper hands,” he said.

 Suresh Kumar, who was a supervisor under the Aluva municipality, said that if the municipalities did not claim it, the department would be under the impression that they have suffice fund to pay us . “Besides, it is the fund allotted by the Union government which they are keeping, if they had already accessed to it,” he said. V R Antony, another supervisor under the Kochi Corporation confirmed that it has been two years since they were voicing for their due. “We have also given a petition to the then district collector P I Sheik Pareeth but in vain. He said that he would consider it. But nothing materialised since then,” he said.

M Krishna Kumar, Maradu municipality secretary, said that he would comment only after going through its details.

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