Hyderabad: The plight of scores of families dependants on the daily wages must be seen to be believed as they bear the brunt of the 48-hour Bandh in Telangana.
Most of the people lamented that the frequent bandhs sponsored by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee has spelt a doom to the poor particularly those living below poverty line from more than 1000 slums spread across the city.
This apart, those engaged in the small and medium outlets receiving a jolt, losses suffered by some of the key companies due to bandh was more than sickening. The daily production of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited was among the casualties of the bandh with its losses due to the shutdown put at Rs 10 crore.
Located in the Adilabad district, 22,000 employees of the SCCL joined the bandh call. A leading coal producer in South India, the company is famed for its mining school. The company had recorded a profit of Rs 380 crore in 2011 as against Rs 350 crore in 2010.
The bandh had its impact on the working of the administration particularly at the state headquarters the Secretariat where the employees were taking advantage of the RTC not plying its fleet which is the main transporter of the staff and officers.
With Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy Away in Chittoor district to join the retinue of President Pratibha Patil, who is on a pilgrimage to Tirumala Hills, the Ministers from Andhra and Rayalaseema too took advantage of his absence.
Added to this, the Telangana Ministers willingly or unwillingly abstained from attending their offices. All the 15 Telangana Ministers kept off the Secretariat.
Those from Rayalaseema and Andhra too stayed away from their chambers for reasons best known to them.
Except Health Minister D L Ravindra Reddy, Wakf and Minority Welfare Minister Syed Ahmadullah, Toursim Minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar and Housing Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, others chose to boycott their chambers.
The Health minister was in his chambers only for a brief spell and then walked away.
Following in the footsteps of the Ministers, officers and employees hailing from non-Telangana regions too decided to keep off their seats and while away their time at canteens or so and the work suffered immeasurably.
Ironically the attendance was said to be no less than 50 percent in all the Departments.(INN)