Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday handed over the appointment letters to various government departments to the relatives of those killed as well as those seriously injured in the police firing at Thoothukudi. Stalin handed over the appointment letters based on the educational qualifications of the family members of those killed as well as those who were grievously injured in the firing on protestors against Sterlite Copper in May, 2018.
Sixteen people have been posted as junior assistants and one as a jeep driver. They will work in the revenue and rural development ministries in Thoothukudi district. His cabinet colleagues, P Thiaga Rajan, Moorthy and Periakaruppan were present on the occasion. Members of Parliament Kanimozhi (Thoothukudi) and Su Venkatesan (Madurai) were also there.
At least 13 civilians were killed in violence that resulted on the 100th day of the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi on May 22, 2018. As a result, the Sterlite copper smelter factory in the town was sealed shut due to violations of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) norms. The government of Tamil Nadu also set up a one-person Commission to probe into the violence under retired Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, who recently submitted the interim report of the inquiry to Chief Minister Stalin. The factory that was shut in May 2018 was recently allowed to partially function solely for the purpose of manufacturing medical oxygen to supply to Tamil Nadu and other states due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Health Insurance Employees Welfare Association submitted a petition to the Chief minister seeking to make their postings permanent. The association petitioned Stalin that they were working for 11 years in the Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme which was launched by former Chief minister M Karunanidhi. The Chief Minister also presided over a meeting and reviewed the measures being taken to prevent the spread of Covid in Madurai.