TRICHY: A section of students, who were employed as volunteers at polling stations in the recently held Tamil Nadu assembly election, submitted a petition to the Trichy district administration seeking payment of their remuneration.
The students said they had been promised a salary of Rs 1,000 for the service. After the election, they had been informed by officials that only Rs 250 would be paid, the students alleged.
They were employed to provide hand sanitisers to the voters and check their body temperature before letting them inside the polling booths.
Around 28 students studying in arts and science colleges in Trichy were deployed as volunteers for election duty in polling booths in the Thiruverumbur constituency.
“Officials, who invited us for the task, told us that we would be paid Rs 1,000. We risked our lives but the remuneration is still pending,” said P Jegan, one of the volunteers.
On receiving the petition from the student, the district administration informed them that Rs 250 would be disbursed within a few days.