They also said they have "become suicidal because of the dejected life they are leading"

Is this the way of treating us TNs bomb disposal squad sends petition to CMRepresentational Image (US Navy photo via Wikimedia Commons)
news Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 10:13

A group of people from the state bomb detection and disposal squad have written to Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, expressing their dissent over the state of affairs of their squad members.

According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, in the latest petition sent to the Chief Minister, which was signed by 29 bomb technicians with experience ranging from 7 years to 2 years, BDDS members claim that similar people recruited between 1991 and 2008 were confirmed by the government, but not those recruited after the year 2008.

“We are now in the middle age and we have reached a state where we are in suicidal state of mind. At a time when incidents of explosions are on the high in the country, we are risking our life and working. We are not in our twenties to keep on waiting. We are working for a mere contract salary with no incentives from the government,” the newspaper quotes the letter as saying.

In October last year, several members of the Tamil Nadu Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the issue, but to no avail. 

They claimed that they had already written to the TN Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Director General of TN Police and Commissioner of Police, Chennai, multiple times, but they did not get any response yet.

Read: With no response from Jayalalithaa, TN bomb-squad officers reach out to Modi for job safety

"Is this the way of treating us, who work 24x7 for the Chief Minister of the state?" the BDDS squad added in the letter.  

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