Incentive for PSU Staff

Chennai: There was something to cheer for staff of public sector units in Tamil Nadu last week. The State Government announced that it would extend the award of incentive to employees of PSUs who have an unblemished service record for 25 years. Hitherto such incentives were given only to employees of State Government employees. The award includes a cash incentive of Rs 2,000 and a certificate. “Unblemished record of service would mean the absence of any punishment or adverse remark in the record excluding warnings,” a Government Order issued recently said.  Earlier in November, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, making a suo motu statement in the State Assembly, recalled that during her earlier tenure as the Chief Minister in 1996, she had ordered to present Indira Vikas Patra worth Rs.500 to those Government employees who complete 25 years of unblemished service in Government departments.  Now since the Central Government had stopped distribution of KVP and taking into account the fact that the amount of Rs.500 was fixed 15 years ago, she decided to hike it to Rs.2,000 and to present it in cash to the award winning employees.

Last date extended for Jerusalem pilgrims

Chennai: Here is some good news for Jerusalem pilgrims. The Tamil Nadu Government has extended the last date for receiving applications from Christians for availing the financial assistance of Rs.20,000 to undertake a pilgrimage of Jerusalem as announced by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, from December 5 to December 20. The filled in applications should reach the Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Minorities Economic Development Corporation, 807, Anna Road (5th Floor), Chennai – 600 002, before 5.45 p.m., on December 20.  The applications can also be downloaded from www.tn.gov.in/bcmbcmw/welfareschemes_minorities.html or http://www.tn.gov.in/departments/bcmbc.html according to a press release.

PM greets TN assembly members

Chennai: In view of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently extended his greetings to present and past members of the Assembly, an official release issued here said.

“A Legislative Assembly is the epicenter of democratic values and Constitutional commitment.  The Tamil Nadu Legislature has been home to some of our greatest political leaders.  I salute the memory of C Rajagopalachari, K Kamaraj, M Bhaktavatsalam, CN Annadurai and MG Ramachandran. On this occasion, I pay my tributes to the great men and women who have brought distinction and honour to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly”, the Prime Minister said in his message.

Rs 100 cr for fishing hatcheries

Chennai: After setting up an exclusive Fishing University, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has now gone ahead and announced measures for giving a fillip to the fisheries sector in the State. She allocation Rs.63 crore for setting up of 11 fish landing centres and  another Rs.37 crore for establishing fish hatcheries. Besides, she also allocated Rs.One crore for organising Sea Food Festival at Island Grounds in Chennai for four days. An official release here said the fish hatcheries would come up at Bhavanisagar, Thirukambuliyur, Asoor, Thattamanaipatti, Agarapettai, Neydhalur, Thattankulam, Vidoor dam, Vaniyanchavadi, Manimuthar and Lalpet.  Similarly, the fish landing centres would be established at Kadapakkam, Samiyarpettai, Serudhur, Muthukooda, Devipattinam, Rochmanagar, Tharuvaikulam, Vivekanandar Colony at Thirespuram, Inaiyambuthanthurai, Simon Colony and Kurumbanai. These would have fish auction zones, net spinning centres, drying zones and basic amenities.

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