Hyderabad: Government employees in Telangana have decided to serve a notice on state government regarding the proposed indefinite `people’s strike’ beginning from August 1.
Representatives of 86 employee associations and leaders of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Telangana employees, teachers and workers met here at the TNGO Bhavan on Wednesday and finalized their action plan for the proposed strike. Government employees and teachers both have decided to serve separate notices to the government. Even Singareni coal workers have decided to go on an indefinite strike from August 8.
Employee association representatives said they would call on the chief secretary on Thursday in Secretariat and serve the strike notice.
Urging all employee sections across the region to come out in support of their call for people’s strike, TNGO president K Swami Goud asked all MPs, MLAs and MLCs who have resigned from their posts to extend their unconditional support to their strike. “We will go on an indefinite strike any time on August 1, if the Centre does not make its stand clear on Telangana. We will start off with a non-cooperation movement and later boycott duties till the Centre concedes to our demand for a separate Telangana state,” he said.
Telangana Gazetted Officers association president V Srinivas Goud said they were firm on their decision. “It is for the Centre to come forward with a concrete assurance on Telangana. We are ready to face any kind of oppression from the state government. Even arrests will not stop us from going ahead with our decision,” Goud said.
With memories of a 15-day crippled administration in T region during the beginning of the year fresh in public memory, it remains to be seen the extent of damage this people’s strike would result this time. In February, over three lakh government employees crippled the state administration by going on an indefinite protest, affecting citizen’s services the most. TOI