CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday announced a slew of welfare measures for Village Administrative Officers and those working in land survey section of the revenue department.
However, a function in which he made the announcement, was marred by a protest by a section of Village Assistants.
Just after the Chief Minister concluded his speech, village assistants raised their voice since there was no announcement regarding time-scale pay for them. So, they walked out of the hall despite repeated requests from Revenue Minister RB Udyakumar.
The Chief Minister was taking part in the centenary celebrations of the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, organised by six unions of Village Administrative Officers, Village Assistants, Land surveyors and revenue employees.
Addressing the function, he said the cost for maintaining accounts for Village Administrative Officers would be hiked from `2,500 to `.5,000.
The other announcements include the term of computer data operators in taluk offices will be extended by one year. 3G/4G internet connection with sim card facility would be provided to VAOs to improve their services; as many as 546 vacancies of survey assistants would be filled up soon.
As far as possible, the VAOs will be allowed to work in their native places considering administrative feasibility.
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The CM had announced the cost for maintaining accounts for VAOs would be hiked from J2,500 to J5,000. They were also to get 3G/4G internet connection with sim card facility to improve their services