Hyderabad: Serving a strike notice to the state government on Thursday, leaders of the Joint Action Committee of Telangana Employees, Teachers, Gazetted Officers and Workers resolved to go on an indefinite strike from August 1, in case government fails to honour their demands and sentiments.
The strike notice was given to Chief Secretary S V Prasad in his chambers by the JAC representatives. They also submitted a memorandum consisting of their demands including a separate state for Telangana to the Chief Secretary.
After handing over their memorandum, the Telangana staff leaders marched to the Secretariat Media Point raising slogans for separate Telangana state and Telangana staff unity among others.
Indications were given that the staff will paralyze work in government offices situated in Telangana.
Addressing media persons, TNGOs chief Swamy Goud listed out various injustices meted out to the Telangana staff and the successive Chief Ministers’ inaction and negligence despite repeated reminders served to them from time to time.
“Non-locals swelled from 25,000 to 2.50 lakh in Hyderabad region and in spite of GO 610 issued by the then chief minister NT Rama Rao, it has not been implemented so far,” Mr Swamy Goud said.
He added, “so many committees have been formed and reports were submitted on Telangana staff but no action had been taken so far.”
The TNGOs warned that staff working in RTC, Water Works and other Departments will strike work after August 1, and held the state government responsible for any repercussions.
The Chief Minister was also appealed to take remedial measures in respect of separate Telangana and deletion of Clause 14 F on Free Zone to avoid any unpleasant situation.
The staff from Telangana, all sections of their union, are determined to strike work indefinitely, Mr Swamy Goud pointed out. “They are also prepared to go on hunger strike to realize their demands,”
he said adding that they are no longer in a position to take things lying low.
He also warned that they would not compromise on their demand for a separate Telangana state.
Another leader Srinivas Goud also pointed out that despite so many Ministers from Telangana region putting in their papers, including the MLAs and MPs, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appears to be sitting unconcerned.
“Many states have been formed earlier,” Mr Srinivas Goud said and questioned the rationale behind delaying the Telangana state.
He said that history will not excuse the ruling party if it delays the issue any longer.(INN)