Strongly denying reports on the use of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (Esma) against the government employees from Telangana planning to go on strike, CM Kiran Kumar Reddy said on Wednesday that the government would not use any force against its staff.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, the CM said that no one from the government had made any statement with regard to the use of Esma against the employees planning to go on an indefinite strike in Telangana region.
“There is no need for me to react on the media reports on the issue. We never said that we will use force,” he clarified. He said that the issue of employees strike was being handled by group of ministers and appropriate action would be taken. He clarified that the written examination for the SIs’ selection would be held as per the schedule.
Chief minister also made it clear that no hostel would be closed down till the new integrated hostels were opened.
Remarks of social welfare minister Pithani Satyanarayana were misinterpreted by the media, he claimed.
Defending the increase in fares by APSRTC, chief minister said the hike in fuel price by the petroleum companies had forced them to go for the hike. Though the burden on the RTC was around Rs 750 crore on account of the fuel price hike, they have allowed the public sector transport giant to make up only Rs 550 crore through the fare hike, he said. TOI