Hyderabad: Over 7.5 lakh employees from across Telangana region would take part in the strike, set to begin from August 17, called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee to build pressure on the separate statehood issue.
Emerging out of a TJAC steering committee meeting at the TNGOs Bhavan, in which representatives of 134 employees’ unions attended, Telangana Gazetted officers Association president V Srinivas Goud said that the strike would paralyse the administration across the region and would continue till the Centre agrees to the formation of Telangana. He also set a deadline of August 1 for the Telangana elected representatives to submit their resignations afresh.
Mr Srinivas Goud demanded the Centre make an announcement on Telangana state formation in the Monsoon Session of Parliament set for August.
Telangana employees JAC co-chairman G Devi Prasad Rao announced the agitational programmes of the employees for achieving the separate state.
Mr Devi Prasad Rao said the employees would meet all parties’ and employees’ unions, seeking support for the strike before August 1. Besides this, the TJAC leaders would conduct round-table conferences with all representatives of employees unions from August 1 to August 3 and discuss the strategy to be adopted on the agitation.
Mr Devi Prasad Rao added the JAC leaders would visit districts in Telangana region from August 2 to 6 and create awareness on the statehood issue among people.
He further revealed that the TJAC leaders would stage hunger fasts at Indira Park from August 4 to 6 and the employees would be asked to observe fast at district and mandal headquarters.
Mr Devi Prasad Rao also disclosed that the all the employees including private employees, would strike work from August 8 11 in all Telangana districts.
JAC co-chairman C Vital said the JAC employees would meet on August 12 and take stock of the situation. If there was no positive reaction from the government, the strike, with all the employees, government or private will begin from August 17.
However, he made it clear the employees strike would not cause any inconvenience to people.
Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee chairman K Swamy Goud said that all employees unions have extended their solidarity to the agitation. He added the agitation was launched to protect the employees’ rights and the self respect of Telangana employees.
Meanwhile, Telangana Political Joint Action Committee convenor M Kodandaram hailed the employees move to support the separate statehood agitation.
He said the employees would paralyse the administration in the region. Prof Kodandaram added that the TPJAC leaders would go to New Delhi on Wednesday seeking support from all parties for the employees’ strike.