Jactto-Geo stir continues, govt. cracks whip

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: January 26, 2019 11:10 IST
Jactto-Geo stir continues, govt. cracks whip

With the Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers' Organisations and Government Employees' Organisations (Jactto-Geo) in no mood to call off their indefinite strike and return to work, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday roped in all District Collectors, requested them to ensure the smooth functioning of schools in their respective districts and gave them powers to initiate action against the striking staff.
“As the exercise of engaging teachers is going to be a massive one, it may not be possible to accomplish this task without your involvement. Therefore, you are requested to bestow your personal attention to this exercise and ensure that the schools are run without any hindrance. You are also requested to ensure that disciplinary action is initiated against all defaulting teaching/non-teaching staff,” Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan wrote to all District Collectors on Friday.
Meanwhile, the School Education Department, which decided to hire temporary teachers, on Friday increased its consolidated pay from ₹7,500 to ₹10,000. However, there was no data on the number of applications the government had received. Despite these announcements, representatives of Jactto-Geo courted arrest in various parts of the State.
About 250 persons courted detention while trying to picket on the Kamarajar Salai in Chennai.
The Chief Educational Officer, Chennai, directed teachers to report for duty on Saturday, the Republic Day. If teachers returned to work, there would only be no pay for their period of absence, and if they didn’t, strict action would follow, a communication stated.
In Vellore, over 2,000 protesters came together for a march towards the Collector Office Road.
In the southern districts, according to the coordinators in charge of each district, the number of employees who courted arrest crossed the 10,000 mark, and in many districts, the ministerial staff attached to the Police Department joined the stir in a big way. Many government schools wore a deserted look.
The police had a tough time handling the protesters, especially in Ramanathapuram district, where agitators made an attempt to block the Ramnad-Rameswaram NH. Vehicular movement was hit for about an hour.
In Madurai city, there were altercations between the striking employees and the police.
Over 2,200 State government employees and teachers in Coimbatore district continued their indefinite strike on Friday by staging a road blockade near the Coimbatore Collectorate. The city police removed the protesters, including a few differently abled teachers. Meanwhile, the School Education Department here issued show-cause notice to nearly 5,300 teachers.
Over 5,000 government employees and teachersstaged road-rokos in Erode, Salem and Namakkal districts. Around 3,000 government employees and teachers staged road-rokos in Tiruchi and neighbouring districts.
A flower vendor caused a flutter during a stir near the Collectorate in Tiruchi when he took off his clothes in public after he was allegedly roughed up by some striking employees for seeking passage.
Over 1,600 protesters were arrested in Tiruchi, where a large number of teachers continued the strike. Around 2,000 agitating government employees in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts were arrested.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: April 22, 2020 14:41 IST
After Tamilnadu and Mumbai, journalists in Telangana affected with COVID-19; more details inside

Amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, Government and the public are taking necessary precautions to control the malicious spread of the virus. But still, the virus seems to spread because of minor negligence and carelessness of some. The journalists are the essential social workers, who are carrying the duty of reporting the news to the public. Unfortunately, even journalists are getting affected by the virus. A few cases in the state of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai panicked everyone. A recent report states that a Telugu journalist has also been affected by this virus and has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mehboobnagar NTV staff reporter Ahmad Pasha, Cameraman Srinivas, and T-News staff reporter Naresh have tested positive. They have been moved to the isolation chambers at Mehboobnagar Government Hospital. Along with them are Prime 9 News staff reporter Shankar (Kotthapet), AP 24/7 staff reporter Harishankar (Gadwal).
While investigating their cause, it seems that they've got infected from Gadwal MLA Krishna Mohan Reddy. The MLA participated in the cremation ritual of his brother. MLA's brother passed away because of COVID-19. It looks like they've met him for consolation and had lunch with him. This has been recognized as the cause and it looks like each one of them went back to their homes after their lunch. Doctors and authorities are processing tests for their families too. The affected have moved them into isolation. They've alerted all the media personalities and channels to proceed with proper safety measures. The journalists are also under a keen watch now. They are taking strict measures.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 23, 2020 17:25 IST
FEFSI Union Head RK Selvamani requests actors and actress to lend a helping hand

With the rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government has imposed a lockdown. The lockdown has had a huge impact on the film industry. The Union Head of the Film Employees Federation of South India has released a statement. In the statement, the union head reveals the dire state of the union workers.

He says the virus has disturbed the nation and society. It has crippled the workers and technicians from being able to earn a living. The union has over 25,000 members and nearly 10,000 of them are daily wage workers. With the shutting of film shoots, they lost their source of income.
Selvamani cites the example of a lightman who is unable to met day to day expenses. Selvamani urges the film fraternity to come forward and help the union in this time of crisis.
Selvamani has requested his fellow film industry colleagues, especially those who are doing well to support their needy industry mates. He has stated that if they were to help each family to get a pack of rice, it will cost them about 2 crore rupees. He has urged the film fraternity to help the families of workers without whom they the production of films will be impossible.
Actors such as Suriya, Karthi, Roshan and Manobala have come forward to help.
Also, Read COVID-19: Actors Suriya and Karthi donate to FEFSI Workers

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 13, 2020 19:29 IST
Super Star Rajinikanth's strategy going to fail?

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth said today that there should be more space for young people - those under the age of 45 - in politics. The 69-year-old superstar, whose entry into electoral politics is keenly anticipated ahead of Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu next year, also played down talk of chief ministership, saying he had "never imagined me as Chief Minister" and "only want(ed) change".

We need a good leader. A good leader is someone who creates leaders. It is selflessness that drives me. I want a movement and a wave to come up. I believe there will be a wave to fill the leadership wave created by the death of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi," he said. I have decided to be the party head, Rajinikanth said. "My proposal includes appointing educated and compassionate youngster as chief minister," he said. If he made the plunge, he said, he will encourage retired bureaucrats, judges and IPS and IAS officers would enter politics. He also called for a clear division between party and government.
Who will be the chief minister? Rajinikanth named no names at the Chennai event where his political vision outlined. But the veteran actor said he would pick a responsible, self-respecting person. After hearing this, we can recollect these words from someone from Telangana. Yes. During the Telangana movement, KCR announced that apart from him, he will make some other person as CM. Rajini's words are quite similar to KCR. Sources say that, as KCR failed to keep his promise, Rajini also might fail. If he really wants to see a change, it's a good thought of making someone else as CM. But if not? People will not believe Rajini anymore.