Hyderabad, Feb.17: The State administration has been virtually crippled in the Telangana region as over three lakh government employees began a non-cooperation movement from today to press for introduction of a Bill in Parliament for carving out a separate State.
The call for the non-cooperation movement was given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee comprising of TRS, BJP and other groups espousing the cause of separate Telangana State. The TDP and CPI, which are not part of the JAC, have also expressed support to the protest movement.
The non-cooperation movement is expected to bring the administration to a standstill as the employees in the government offices, corporations, municipalities and other State-owned units have joined the protest by attending the offices, but not attending to any official duty and also not heeded to any orders from their superiors hailing from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The JAC also called upon the people to join the protest movement by not buying tickets while traveling in RTC buses, not to buy cinema tickets and not pay any taxes and utility charges.
The TRS leader, Mr K. Tarakarama Rao, formally launched the non-cooperation movement by traveling in an RTC bus from Khairatabad to the Sate Assembly along with TRS activists by not paying the bus fare. Even the advocates from the region have joined the movement by not taking up any cases in courts presided by judges from other regions. Teachers and students have also announced their decision to join the non-cooperation movement.
The State government has appealed to the employees to stay away from the agitation lest it would be compelled to enforce the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against them. However, the warning by the government seems to have no effect on the employees who had commenced the non-cooperation movement
Reports stated that police arrested a number of TRS workers and other Telangana activists at various places in the region for traveling in RTC buses and refusing to pay the fares.