Hyderabad: The N Kiran Kumar Reddy government appears to be in a dilemma with the Centre delaying the deletion process on Clause 14 F.
To add to this dilemma, the Cabinet Sub-Committee which held discussions on TJAC Employees’ demands, except on ‘Telangana’, failed to take any tangible measures to avert the proposed strike from August 17.
The members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, comprising of Deputy Chief Minister C Rajanarasimha, Danam Nagender, Dharmana Prasada Rao, N Raghuveera Reddy, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, Mukesh Goud, Basavaraju Saraiah and Duddilla Sridhar Babu met Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy and briefed him on their discussions, according to CMO sources.
According to sources, the state government has decided to adopt a tough posture and is determined to confront any eventualities to run the administration in the event of a strike launched from August 17, by the Joint Action Committee of Telangana Employees, Officers, Teachers and Workers.
Official sources however maintained that the ESMA will not be revoked as of now.
The Act has been kept in abeyance. As such it did not mean that the said Act would not be revoked. If necessary, ESMA will be revoked or invoked, depending on the situation, it was clarified.
At the same time, the government is not prepared to take lying low any agitation that would be launched by the JAC leadership, the sources said.
As part of running the administration as stipulated, particularly in the Secretariat, efforts are on to press into service the outsourcing staff in all the Departments from the day one of the proposed strike.
District collectors have been given full powers and also issued strict instructions to keep intact the official machinery and take suitable steps for supply of all the essential commodities to the consumers without any hindrance.
The government is also firm on sacking first those working on the contract basis if they kept away from duties. The work to rule will be implemented strictly including the ‘no work no pay’ rule.
All Heads of Departments in the Telangana region are expected to review the progress daily and report to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to analyse the situation/progress of the work in the offices on day to day basis.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister is understood to have had a telephonic talk with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day on the deletion process in respect of the controversial Clause 14 F.
The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs headed by the Prime Minister is said to have discussed the subject this evening.
An announcement on the decision of the CCPA would be given by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram later, according to CMO.(INN)