Hyderabad: Maintaining that a Minister is part of the government, Labour Minister Danam Nagender on Monday tried to defend his ‘truant’ Cabinet colleagues by saying that they were affixing their signatures on the attendance register.
“They are coming to the Secretariat daily. They are signing the attendance register,” Mr Nagender said, omitting mention that his Cabinet colleagues come, sign and go back to protest and strike work for the cause of Telangana like the government employees.
Their action is pioneering in itself, as most of the Ministers have taken the law into their hands by striking work which has had the effect of leaving scores of files unattended.
The Ministers also seem to enjoying an undeclared support to be outside the purview of the ‘No Work No Pay’ rule.
It is true that both the Telangana ministers and the Telangana staff of TJAC have a common goal – to achieve a separate Telangana. As part of their agitation, the Ministers too absented themselves in protest. Equanimity has emerged between the Minister-absentees and the Members of the Telangana Joint Action Committee.
Mr Nagender, who chose not to sign in his papers and submit them to the assembly Speaker, said that the cited Ministers had been coming to the Secretariat daily and signed (perhaps to claim pay and allowances).
With the exception of a couple of Ministers and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, most of the Ministers have been keeping off their office chambers over the ‘Telangana’ issue.
Earlier, a group of employees belonging to the TJAC held lunch hour demonstration at J Block of the Secretariat as part of their programme to protest against the government’s delay in introducing a Bill on Telangana in the Parliament.(INN)