The Group of Ministers who met here on Thursday to discuss the state government’s response to the employees’ strike notice from August have concluded that the demands raised by the unions do not fall under the purview of the state.
Government employees working in the Telangana region have served strike notices to the government saying that they would go on strike from August 17 if the Centre fails to announce formation of separate Telangana State before August 1.
Deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha chaired the meeting in which finance minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and revenue minister N Raghuveera Reddy also participated.
Officials from general administration, finance, revenue, education and services have informed the Cabinet sub-committee that demands raised by the employees are in the purview of the central government and state can do nothing about this. “Then, we asked the officials to come with notes on the issues which are still to be fulfilled,” said finance minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy.
The group of ministers discussed the modalities to be followed in case of inviting employee unions for talks. Finally, it was decided to leave the issue to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to decide on talks with unions.
The state government has received two notices, one from Secretariat employees four months back and another recently by T-employees’ joint action committee. Since most of the service matters were resolved, the ministers were left with no clue on what to discuss with the unions if at all talks are initiated.
Ministers Danam Nagender and Mukesh Goud did not attend the meeting while Dharmana Prasada Rao was away in Srikakulam. The committee decided to hold a meeting on Friday to find out an amicable solution to resolve the strike issue. TOI