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With no word from the Chief Minister's Office, the JACTTEO-GEO and COTA-GEO leaders called of a strategy session they had convened for this evening.
Though a majority of the employees have filed appeals against their dismissals before the ``appointing authorities'' as per the provisions of the recently-amended Tamil Nadu Essential Services Maintenance Act, none of the written pleas has been scrutinised so far. The reason: no instruction from the Government yet, say officials.
However, the Government has directed all Secretaries and heads of departments to compile details of the number of dismissed staff members and those who have filed appeals. Indications are it will decide on the fate of the sacked employees only after getting the final count of the appeal petitions.
In several departments, nearly all employees, who got the sack have filed appeals. The functionaries of some of the unions, including the Tamil Nadu Government Officials Union headed by G. Suryamurthy, too have submitted written pleas to their ``appointing authorities'', citing midnight arrests as the reason for their ``unauthorised absence from work'' on July 2 and 3.
Recruitment drive ends
Meanwhile, the Government's emergency recruitment drive to fill up 15,500 posts of assistant and junior assistant on a temporary basis, in view of the mass dismissals, came to an end today. In all, 1,000 ``temporary assistants'' were posted in various departments at the Secretariat here, where over 3,000 employees had been axed to participating in the strike, while 500 junior assistants were appointed at each of the 29 Collectorates. ``The recruitment drive is over. It is now up to the heads of departments to give training for the temporary staff,'' said a senior official.
No work for new hands
However, in most department offices at the Secretariat, even the recruits hired a week ago were not yet given any work. Several of them were either gaping at dusty files or chatting with fellow recruits. ``I am only looking through the files. No work has been allotted yet,'' said a recruit in the Food and Cooperation department.
With most of the section officers and Under-Secretaries, who are the training officers, getting dismissed, there were virtually few to guide these temporary assistants. Even the section officers, who escaped the axe, are unwilling to entrust them with file work. At best, they act as messengers carrying files or are given some typing work. Meanwhile, a trade union has moved the Supreme Court on the issue of dismissals, though the government employees' associations and the federation made it clear that they were not appealing against the Madras High Court ruling.
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