Hyderabad: Apparently finding the idea of invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act too hot to handle, the state government, which had floated the thought on Wednesday, took a U-turn and on Thursday flatly denied of toying with an idea to invoke it.
Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy denied that any discussion on the ESMA had taken place on Wednesday at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
On the other hand, the Minister blamed the media for highlighting the chances for invoking ESMA to contain the non-cooperation agitation called by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee from August 1.
Asked about it, Mr Ramnarayan Reddy clarified that a Cabinet Sub-Committee has been appointed to look into the issues raised by the TPJAC. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have asked the Sub-Committee to speak to the TPJAC leaders and strike a deal.
Clarifying on ESMA, Mr Ramnarayan Reddy said that he had no knowledge of this and it did not come under the purview of the Sub-Committee.
He added that even the TPJAC notice too did not fall under the purview of the Ministers’ Sub-Committee.
“The Chief Minister will take a decision on the staff problems,” said the Minister. He also confirmed that Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy will take the initiative to get the controversial Clause 14 f deleted by the Centre.(INN)