COIMBATORE: Members of the Hearing Impairment Social Welfare Organisation here submitted a petition on Monday to District Collector Archana Patnaik requesting her to take steps to provide them jobs.
According to their petition, as many as 15,000 hearing and speech impaired persons have been identified across the district, of which most of them are registered with the employment office and are awaiting jobs for the last two decades.
“Based on their education qualifications, jobs should be given to such persons in a fair manner through the employment office. The government should also consider the age factor as they are waiting for jobs for several years,” the petition added. “Above all, the State government should appoint them in the employment office, as officials at the employment office are not treating them well. Equal rights as applicable to others should be given to such persons. Twenty persons were appointed by the Government in various departments in 2013-2014, and not even a single person got a job in 2014-15,” the members pointed out.
“Few members have also not received the government’s financial assistance for pregnant women and intercaste marriages assistance,” the members said.
“The State government should fill them in local body vacancies as office assistants and sanitary workers. As per the government order, three percent of posts should be allotted to differently-abled persons, of which, one percent should be given to hearing and speech impaired,” said Surya Nagappan, Managing Trustee, of Calibar Trust who also come along with the hearing impaired persons. Meanwhile, residents of Alampalayam village near Annur petitioned the district collector demanding closure of a industry which was polluting the environment.
“Though the panchayat had passed a resolution demanding closure of a industry after it had started emitting radiation, it has started functioning and posing threat to the public health. The industry is violating the norms of Tamil Nadu Pollution control board (TNPCB) and the officials should make direct visit to the village and take necessary steps,” said the public.