Hyderabad: Usually, Saturday is a weekend for the government employees. But it was a special Saturday to the three-lakh employees across the Telangana region because they resumed duties after a 16-day long non-cooperative movement demanding the Centre to introduce separate Telangana Bill in the ongoing Parliament budget session.
Those who actively participated in the non-cooperative movement by raising slogans, playing Bathukamma, singing Telangana songs and so on were seen handling files in their offices feverishly.
Some three lakh employees have ended their non-cooperative movement temporarily on Friday night and resumed their duties on March 5. The TNGOs’ union leaders made it clear that they would resume their non-cooperation movement if the State government failed to concede their demands.
They said that they were satisfied with the government’s assurance after holding discussions with the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Cabinet Sub-committee members. They also made it clear that they would not hesitate to resume their non-cooperative movement at any moment. Reiterating that they would participate in the Telangana movement in different formats, they made it clear that they were withdrawing the non-cooperative movement keeping the students’ future in mind.
Though the employees’ main demand was introduction of a Telangana Bill in Parliament for the formation of separate Telangana State, the TNGOs Union leaders have agreed to withdraw the movement following assurance by the government that it would take a delegation of employees’ leaders to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.
The TNGOs’ Union leader, Mr Swami Goud, said the government had agreed to appoint a retired judge to undo what was described as the “injustices” meted out to Telangana in matters of employment and education. The government also assured the employees’ leaders that it would stop deputation of non-Telangana employees to the region and repatriate non-Telangana employees to their regions. The Chief Minister assured to pay salaries even for the 16-day strike period.
With the government’s assurance, the employees, on Saturday, entered their offices with fresh and smiling faces. Many of them were in a vacation mood and were discussing about the 16-day long agitation. Some of the employees were seen greeting each other with ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans. Some of them were not happy with the leaders who had taken the decision of withdrawing the agitation without any categorical assurance from the government on the main demand of introduction of Telangana Bill in Parliament. (NSS)