Tirupur: After working as a sanitary worker for around 40 years, K Periya Kalimuthu, 60, of Karuttur retired from his job three and a half months ago. But the authorities of a village panchayat in Udumalpet taluk in the district are yet to issue his retirement order and other benefits.
“I was appointed as a sanitary worker in Pungamuthur panchayat after my father Kappadan died while he was working in the same post. I got retired on June 30. But I am yet to receive even my retirement order or the retirement benefits,” said Kalimuthu. The government order dated November 28, 2017 stated that the local bodies should give Rs 50,000 lump sum payment and Rs 2,000 pension every month for retired sanitary workers.
An official from Pungamuthur panchayat said, “We know about the government order. But we have not implemented it yet. Another retired sanitary worker in Kanakkampalayam panchayat too did not get his benefits. We will provide the retirement order to Kalimuthu soon.”
A revenue official, however, said, “The GO is applicable only to sanitary workers of corporation, municipality and town panchayat not of village panchayats.”
However, K Rangaraj, district general secretary of CITU, said the GO was being implemented across the state. “But many officials in the district do not have clarity on it. Last week, two retired sanitary workers were given benefits in Kangeyam panchayat union.” The Kangeyam block development officer also confirmed that two retired sanitary workers of Maruthurai and Sivanmalai panchayats got their benefits recently.