VILLUPURAM: Incidents that unravelled during a farmer’s grievance meeting at the collectorate on Friday, may present to us a few answers on why the farmers’ plight never nears an end. Nearly 300 farmers and representative members of various farmer welfare associations along with 100 officials attended the meet.
Most officials acted like they couldn’t care any less – they took small naps, got busy with phones, watched programmes on Hotstar App and one Electricity Board official was spotted playing a game of Rummy on his mobile phone.
According to the sources, Collector Dr L Subramanian, along with District Revenue Officer R Priya and Agriculture Department Deputy Director Selvaraj, chaired the meeting at the collectorate on Friday.
A few mediapersons spotted an official watching videos and another playing rummy in their phones. A journalist filmed the official ‘playing his cards carefully’. The district administration refused to reveal the officer’s identity.
A channel showed the footage repeatedly. Later, District Electricity Board chief engineer identified the erring official as TNEB executive engineer Sadhasivam attached to the Tindivanam zone. The Electricity Board sent summons to the officer on Saturday, and demanded an explanation his act. Sources say the official might present his explanation on Monday.