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Workers forced to work on voting day: 275 complaints filed in Tamil Nadu


Chennai: Around 275 complaints against various business establishments — IT companies, shops, hotels and others — were received by the Labour Department for forcing employees to work on Monday, the polling day in Tamil Nadu, said an official.

“Most of the complaints were against IT (information technology) companies, shops and hotels,” a Labour Department control room official told IANS.

He said once the complaint against a company is received, the information is passed on to the concerned official in that particular locality for immediate action.

The official said some software companies were forcing their employees to attend night shift.

“Many have left for their native place to vote. It is not possible for them to come back in the evening and attend the night shift. There was a complaint against a medical business process outsourcing company here,” the official said.

According to the official, the IT companies have responded positively unlike the earlier elections.

“We had met the IT companies and industry associations several times and sensitised them about the importance of voting and sought their cooperation,” he said.

Last time the companies disregarded the government directive by keeping the front gate locked while forcing employees to enter office through the back gate.

The government had ordered paid holiday for all the business establishments in Tamil Nadu so that the employees could vote.

Some 40 million people voted in Tamil Nadu, which saw multiple contests in all constituencies for the first time. Officials said over 65 per cent of the 58 million electorate in Tamil Nadu had voted by 4pm.

In Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK was pitted against the DMK-Congress alliance, a front led by the DMDK of actor-turned-politician Vijaykanth, the PMK and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Polling in two of the 234 constituencies has been postponed.

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