Hyderabad: Going by the current standards adopted by the government for averting any confrontation or agitations, the proposed August 17 strike by the Joint Action Committee of Telangana employees looks imminent.
The talks, between the JAC of Telangana employees and the Group of Ministers, scheduled to be held at the Secretariat on Thursday, did not take place.
On the other hand, the JAC leaders bluntly told the government that they could not come to the negotiating table for talks as the situation was not conducive.
Suresh and Narender Rao, representing the Secretariat Telangana Employees JAC, on behalf of the parent TJAC, arrived at the Secretariat at the appointed hour of 12 noon, but they met the Ministers’ panel, handed over a letter to them stating their unwillingness to hold another round of talks since their earlier demands have not been conceded yet.
Later, the TJAC representatives spoke to the media persons and informed that government was not exhibiting the ‘interest’ which should lead to discussions for finding solution to their demands. The leaders were asked to hold talks between 12 noon and 12.20 PM, which meant that only 20 minutes were allotted for any type of discussions, which was not possible, said the leaders.
The issue of Telangana statehood had been kept pending and on the boil for 50 to 60 years and it was not possible to find a solution to it within the time as fixed by the government, they lamented. Stating that the GoM’s ulterior motive was to separate the people from the JAC leaders, they made clear that even their bodies cannot be separated from their souls, which had been crying for separate Telangana.
“We are part of the government. We will cooperate with the government,” they said.
They also informed in their strike notice served to the Chief Secretary, they had clearly pointed out that Health, Power, Water Supply and Sanitation Departments will be functional and taken care of as they are essential services.
“But twisting the facts, the government has brought these Departments also under the control of ESMA,” they complained.
They TJEC leaders also said that they have come to a conclusion at this juncture that there was nothing they could expect from New Delhi or Parliament or the state Assembly here. “We have resolved to take the agitation to the streets for realizing our demands,” the leaders said.
Earlier, the GoM, through the media informed that they were willing to resolve all the issues which were falling under the control of the state government.
Now the leaders appealed to the government to inform their resolve in writing so that they could discuss and come to the negotiating table in the interest of the public.(INN)