THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Supplyco Staff Conference
T’Puram: The state conference of Supplyco Employees’ Association (AITUC) will be held here from August 1 to 13.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob will inaugurate a seminar on ‘Challenges faced by public distribution system’ at MNVG auditorium near Press Club at 4 pm on Friday. Ex-MLA K Prakash Babu will present the topic, said the association office-bearers.
The delegates’ meeting on August 3 at 9 am will be inaugurated by AITUC general secretary Kanam Rajendran.
The office-bearers also said that the Supplyco staff would go on an indefinite strike from August 20 if their demands are not met by the government. Their demands include stopping deputation of staff of other departments to the company, implementation of common service rules, sanctioning of promotions and hiking the remuneration for temporary staff.
Association chairman Advocate G R Anil and general convenor Poudikonam Ashokan attended the press conference.
Chit Fund Victims’ March Today
T’Puram: The action council formed by the victims of Venad chit fund fraud will take out a Secretariat march on Friday in protest against the alleged police apathy to arrest the accused.
“Thousands of people in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta lost their money by joining the chit fund schemes. On a rough estimate, the accused defrauded around Rs 40 crore,” said Action Council chairman Vellanad Krishnakumar.
He said the proprietors of the firm had close relations with top police officials and political leaders which was delaying their arrest. “The police are reluctant to make a sincere effort to trace them by tracking mobile phone signals or the like,” he said.
Krishnakumar said the prime accused, the managing director of the firm, used to canvass customers by flaunting a picture which showed him receiving the best entrepreneur award instituted by the K R Narayanan Foundation from former Union Minister K V Thomas.
The 26 branch offices were luxuriously furnished to gain confidence of the customers and around 600 staff were employed to collect instalments.
BJP state president V Muraleedharan will inaugurate the march at Martyrs’ Square, Palayam, at 10 am. ENS
Women Civil Excise Officers
T’Puram: Demanding the placement of the Women Civil Excise Officers from the existing rank list, the All-Kerala Women Civil Excise Rank Holders’ Association staged a protest in front of Secretariat the other day.
“The notification regarding the posting of women in the Excise Department was published in 2009 and it took five years again to prepare the rank list.
But within two months the notification from the next list was also published,” said the office-bearers of the association in a press meet here after the protest.