Puducherry: The opposition DMK today lambasted the AINRC government for alleged non-payment of wages to staff and workers in state owned Public Sector Undertakings and cooperative undertakings for several months.

The party’s local unit convenor Dr M A S Subramanian said in a release here that more than 5,000 staff and workers in these undertakings and institutions were not able to keep the pot boiling and keeping their fingers crossed on maintaining their families and meeting routine expenditure.

He said there were reports that some suffering workers had also committed suicide as their families could not stand poverty and penury.

He charged the government and more particularly Chief Minister Rangasamy with ‘showing no response to the predicament of the workers’.

Dr Subramaniam said Diwali was fast approaching and nothing had been heard about the bonus structure for workers in various undertakings. Workers in the AFT mills were also reeling under poverty as the mill had declared a lay off, he said and called for speedy steps to save the situation.

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