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The following petition was submitted today to State Transport Department for the benefit of citizens of Chennai.  We would keep you posted with responses from department for the same.


This applies to whole of Greater Chennai and Chennai Suburban. In almost all of the MTC bus stops, entry and exit of MTC terminus private autorickshaws have come up with (un-)authorized stands and some of them are spotted with as affiliated to some weird trade unions. Additionally the two wheeler bikers are again causing road rash, races and stunts when the bus comes to the bus stop. I do not understand the logic of why they want to get injected between the bus and the bus stop preventing passengers from seamlessly and smoothly boarding the buses. Somewhere around in the discussion forum on the Internet a few months ago a community poster was mentioning that there might be some unholy nexus between these elements for reasons best known to them.

I would like State Transport Corporation to take up this issue with Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Traffic Enforcement and Law & Order across the city to curtail this menace of obstructing passengers from boarding the buses. It is unfortunate that when there is Article 353 to protect government servants from any type of assault preventing them from discharging their duties, there is no protective sheath for genuine tax paying citizens of the country to avail the facilities provided by the government which is once again paid for by them.

Disclaimer: The petitioner is severely limited with time due to his work nature. Additionally this is a public advisory petition. Every bit of the information has been duly captured in this complaint document and hence request for depositions to local police stations for extended time for enquiry etc is completely unnecessary and unwarranted. The petitioner may be available on the RMN (Registered Mobile Number) subject to his hectic schedules at his workplace. We would humbly request the cooperation and assistance of investigating personnel in this regard.

If the servicing operators continue to harass the petitioner for more information on call or email it would be construed as their consent to consider their calls as public nuisance and/or harassment and/or unsolicited commercial communication and shall be dealt with extant provisions thereto. We would also like to mention that the servicing operators particularly the law enforcement need not harass the petitioner seeking withdrawal of the petition citing their inability to work on the same and we would like to mention that any such withdrawal requests shall be forwarded to their leadership and we request their leadership to take significant cognizance of such withdrawal requests as demonstrated misdemeanour, gross incompetency and malevolent non compliance and their leadership is advised to initiate maximum disciplinary action against such cadre in their workforce so that such gestures are deterrent for similar offenders. We appreciate your understanding and assistance in this matter.


 

It is quite common to see IPC 353 being abused by local police and at times by public sector banks as a kind of incontestable protection for them against their incompetency. We are often stuck in the banks due to slower processing of transaction by freshly hired tellers and stranded in peak traffic snarls in highways because of mismanagement by traffic enforcement. When we challenge these people they try to protect their incompetence covertly with an unscrupulous cover of IPC 353 calling themselves as public servants when they are actually acting as our bosses.

Additionally whenever we file a law enforcement complaint we are forced to spend hours together for a formal documentation of the same and/or so-called interrogation/enquiry.

The abovesaid arguments hold good in quite a bit of other government departments like Road Transport Office, Tahsildar Office etc where a simple one hour work is stretched to more than a week involving multiple visits to them.

Quite similar to what 498a was called Legal Terrorism, I believe 353 in the current state has become a Labor Terrorism. Private employees contribute to more than 85% of the national exchequer by way of taxes and the so-called public servants who are supposed to facilitate the private workforce catering to clientele across the globe are actually deterring us from discharging our duties to our global clientele. Hence I believe 353 should also include a protection for private workforce along with accommodation to claim damages from so-called public servants for liabilities like Loss of PayHumiliation in front of global clientele.

A formal request for amendment of this law has been sent to Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

Recently Election Commission of India has launched a National Citizen Grievance Portal where one can report any issues regarding free and fair conduct of polls in our country, specifically the upcoming Lok Sabha one in April – May 2019.

However our experience with the portal as serviced from Tamil Nadu by its regional coordinates seems be failing our trust in the body because the complaints are surreptitiously closed and even allied news sources claim that reports are being dismissed without proper investigation raising eyebrows on whether there is a mole in the body which is acting hand in glove with unscrupulous politicians in the state.

A copy of the complaints are enclosed here.

We have escalated this to the office of The President of India. Stay tuned for more updates.

Recently we found an issue of rampant smoking near a tea stall in Ambattur Industrial Estate. We have tried to bring the same to the kind attention of TNPCB. However about a month later the response from the department says it does not fall within their purview, it is a public nuisance case and needs to be looked by state police department.

The state police department was not able to be reached as of publishing this note.

CpGrams: GOVTN/E/2017/00646

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We all know that bull-fighting has been banned by the Apex court (The Supreme Court of India) following petitions from animal welfare activists across the world. Despite this, a section of people in Avur village of Pudukkottai district in the state of Tamil Nadu  has engaged in setting up a bull fight along with New year celebrations. A few people have also started sharing this as a victory message in running the sport in Whatsapp. The message has been reported to Government of Tamil Nadu vide petition number GOVTN/E/2017/00007.

The message that was captured by the editorial is below:

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Around eight years back the athiest party of DMK made Pongal as Tamil New Year which was a great setback for the Hindu culture. Thankfully, Jayalalitha led AIADMK government has reversed and voided the ordinance four years back.

But till now, Kalaignar TV is involving in false propaganda during Pongal festivals calling it as New year. Furthermore, Hindu festivals are called as ‘holidays’ in their channel whereas they are called by festival names for non-Hindu observations

Petition sent to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting via MOIAB/E/2016/00252 on 2nd February 2016

When it comes to a women being harassed (sexually or otherwise), the women empowerment in India and elsewhere make such a big hue and cry. But when a women herself does a lot of harassment and create hostile situation at workplace she goes unchecked at the workplace administration and at statutory levels. Following is the experience of the writer.

*Names of organization,individuals have been changed for privacy reasons besides masking of PII (Personally Identifiable Information)

The reports have been faxed to

  1. The State/Central Labor Related Departments,
  2. The State Government of Tamil Nadu
  3. Federal Government of India.

 

We are facing very piquant labor issue at our workplace (Extreme Agility Software Solutions (P) Ltd). There is a person called ‘Radhika Sivasundaram’ who joined the company in April/May 2015. Her original role was to act as a scrum master but some of her perceived attitude problem, temerity and her excessive flatulence towards her ego seems to be a huge impediment and taking a toll on team’s integrity. We have tried our enough to escalate to the management but with her position and prowess of twisting tales and talks she is putting us in distressing situations in multiple instances.

Most of the times she touches the body parts of even other sex people and talks. We have escalated this to our management.

Meeting on July 17 2015 with Ganapathy Raj, COO: Now she has desisted from such a deplorable gesture at least this week. But she is forcing people to stay alone late night. On Wednesday (22nd July 2015) she made one of us to sit beside her on the pretext of tuning down the efforts for an agile PBI task. Only one other developer was there in another corner of the development hall. He got totally afraid because as an act of retaliation she might scream molestation. Our work area does not have sufficient CCTV in that directions as a footage proof of what is going on.

Again the next day (23rd July 2015) on the pretext of demo preparation she is asking the guy to stay for extended hours. But he started off with a team member around 10.40 PM. We are really concerned about a potential and foisted sexual harassment from her because of raising voice against her last Friday (07/17/2015) . We have also reported to National Commission for Women and Children (vide docket number 2014110108250)

Even work-wise she is harassing the team making them to stretch odd hours and visit weekends besides wasting everyone’s time in unneeded bureocratic meetings. She also does not seem to be having a good work-related knowledge. Agile projects attribute secondary or tertiary importance for documentation. But she is creating fictitious document formats for anything and everything forcing everyone to create them wasting our valuable hours on the project. This causes an unneeded stretching and schedule slippages. Stretching late hours without need because of misappropriating project estimations has caused a steep deterioration of team productivity. Also because of this, the offshore budget has suffered steeply and on (14th August 2015) our offshore group received an email from Human Resources that the cab budget has exceeded 200%. Not alone this , when a lot of team members have to visit weekends, the company has a policy to reimburse for the day’s expenses for everyone. This is an unnecessary overhead on the project budget.

She also repeatedly involves in very many statutory violations making the organization vulnerable before the law. For example, as per Negotiable Instruments act, the day of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s funeral was a state-observed holiday. But she attempted a brainwash on the offshore heads and forced a lot of teams to attend work. Though the company bore the reimbursement of expenses of the lunch for all employees on that day as part of holiday working the following were distinct observations:

  1. She did not attend work.
  2. The organization was made vulnerable and wilful violator of NI act.
  3. Unnecessary bloated expenses on offshore budget.

And very many times she is asking unnecessary personal questions forcing us to answer. For one example, we do not know her the reason for her being why she always behind one of us holding two mobile phones. Yesterday when we were in a client call which was a very important progress update call she was preempting it in the middle and was nagging him with the same questions. I muted the phone and was commenting sarcastically at my friend that ‘Even if he has two phones and three wives it is his problem. Why do people who are not related to it are bothering’., This seems to have hurt her ego. Along with me, my colleague (Deva Kumar) also reprimanded her very much. She immediately quit the conference room and running into COO cabin to cry foul and keep building fabricated stories.

She also has a bad habit of calling people at odd hours when she does not have an authority to check status or progress. For example, she was pestering Deva Kumar around three weeks back on his Aircel number +91 98410 12345 from her Airtel number +91 98407 12345 at weird hours like 11.45 PM. If she has remained a spinster it is her problem. Calling other married people like us at odd hours is an intrusion into our privacy. Furthermore a call from an ‘unknown’ woman to the family at odd hours is also seeding doubts of ‘infidelity’ in our spouses’ minds.

Another bad gesture she has is involving in filthy talks with our onshore coordinates wasting their valuable and precious hours at odd hours (like 2 AM IST) and foul-mouthing the team. She also creates an intra-team conflicts by talking bad about one to the other without knowledge of either.

On a survey through peers, she has earned the wrath of everyone but her prowess and potential is the one which is daunting for anyone.

In a couple of sessions she also told that she is invincible because I once commented that I would go to law enforcement. Now she is telling that she knows a lot of powerful people and local law enforcement is just play toy for her. She also adds that she never has wore a helmet and she knows the cop near her place very much and hence she does not have any fear. She is presenting a deep sense of fear seeding a sense of job insecurity and career dis-satisfaction to everyone. We have not been successfully able to sensitize the offshore management regarding her excesses. Either because of long rope being extended to her on account of diplomacy or she is able to create counter-stories in successful fashion to justify her excesses.

One of the peers commented that he also suspects that she joined with fake credentials and experience. But none of us could raise voice against her because of her mafia hood at workplace and outside. How can we deal with such people and save the organization?

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