Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has sought Prime Minister J. Jayalalitha’s intervention in resolving a strike at Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC).
In a letter to Modi, sent on Wednesday and released to media here on Thursday, Jayalalithaa said the wage settlement for NLC workers is due from January 1, 2012 and “though they have been given interim relief in June 2014, their wage settlement has not been made so far”.
The NLC workers went on strike from June 20 to press from their demand for an early wage settlement
“May I, therefore, request you to kindly instruct the ministry of coal to immediately look into the grievances of the NLC workers and settle the issue amicably at the earliest in the interest of the industrial climate of Tamil Nadu and also in the interest of ensuring uninterrupted power supply to Tamil Nadu,” the chief minister said.
Tamil Nadu gets 1,450 MW of power generated by NLC.
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.
The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.
The members stood in silence for a short while.
In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.
“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.
In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.