In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, CITU President Murugan and Secretary Sreenivasan also urged him to release the bullock cart seized by officials alleging illegal sand quarrying.
They pointed out that all construction works in Puducherry was severely hit due to lack of sand and the construction workers were jobless. At the same time, poor bullock cart workers who earned their livelihood by quarrying sand from the river beds were also rendered jobless as the government banned sand quarrying and posted armed police on guard on the banks of the river here.
Meanwhile, on the other bank of the same river, the Tamil Nadu government arranged a sand quarry for the bullock cart workers and issued permit for them only from that state. Hearing them, the Chief Minister immediately consulted with Revenue Minister Shajahan and assured them to find a solution on this issue before September 17.
Ex-servicemen take out rally in Pondy
Members of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Association here on Friday took out a procession to press their demands. Demanding that the quota for the wards of ex-servicemen for medical admission through the Centralized Admission Committee(Centac) of the government be enhanced from one to three percent, filling up of all vacant posts in the ex-servicemen Welfare Department and among other things, they gathered at the Cuddalore Road junction on the Maramalai Adigal Saalai and took out a procession. After passing through the main thoroughfares of the town, the procession reached the head post office where police blocked them. Later, their representatives were allowed to proceed to the Raj Nivas to submit a memorandum to the Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi enlisting their demands.