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Apr 17, 2009

TNHB allottees threaten to return voter ID cards

As many as 2 lakh family members belonging to 50,000 allottees of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) in Coimbatore district have threatened to hand over their voter idcards to the district electoral officer cum collector V Palanikumar, protesting against delays by TNHB authorities in handing over their sale deeds.Speaking to The New Indian Express, K Jeyachandran, general secretary of Orunkinaintha Tamil Nadu Kovai Veetu Vasathi Variya Pirivu Othukketalargal Nala Sangam, said that the TNHB allottees in 32 districts had been conducting a series of agitations at different levels demanding sale deeds for the allottees.

Blaming both the Coimbatore Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) and the revenue department here for the inordinate delay in returning the sale deeds to the allottees for the past two decades, he said there were several people in their sixties and seventies who doubt whether they would live to receive the sale deeds.He said that the State government had set up a high-level committee in 2006 to go threadbare into the problems faced by the allottees and submit its recommendations within six months time. To their dismay, the panel had failed to submit its report to the government till date.Meanwhile, the allottees association, at a meeting held recently, passed 13 resolutions including demands for an audience with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and the handing over of sale deeds unconditionally to all allottees across the State. In a step further, the allottees resolved to boycott elections after handing over their voter identity cards to election officials on April 27.The association members converged in front of the Red Cross building in Coimbatore on Wednesday to demonstrate against the TNHB. Jeyachandran said they would take part in a State wide token fast in Chennai on April 18 to draw the attention of the government to their plight

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