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Since 1st March, 1999
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Sack for 587 stays in Jaya state

Chennai, Nov. 17: The Tamil Nadu government today confirmed the dismissal of 587 of its employees who participated in the July strike.

Those dismissed were employed in the various city offices of the government, including the main secretariat at Fort St George.

Chief secretary Lakshmi Pranesh issued an omnibus order late this evening on the basis of individual cases decided by a panel of three judges, as directed by the Supreme Court.

The court had directed that the panel hear individually the cases of 6,072 employees — other than the 176,000 who were reinstated on tendering apology letters — who were arrested and wanted on specific charges.

During a recent Assembly discussion on the plight of state employees following an amendment to the Tamil Nadu Essential Services Maintenance Act, chief minister Jayalalithaa had said the revised figure of such staff was 5,729.

Two days ago, the panel submitted its first report pertaining to employees in government offices in the city alone. The report on employees from the districts is yet to be handed in.

Of the 2,791 employees in the main secretariat, 2,084 have been reinstated with a cut in increment, 57 with a “depromotion”, and 124 without any action. It is learnt individual intimations will be dispatched immediately to all the employees. In the other state offices in Chennai, 78 of 146 employees have been taken back with an increment cut, three “depromoted” and eight reinstated.

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