Talks Between CM ,Power staff Inconclusive
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is scheduled to hold talks with leaders of the Electricity Employees’ Joint Action Committee again at 7 p.m.
Talks between Electricity Employees’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) and the Andhra Pradesh government to bring the ongoing indefinite strike to an end proved inconclusive on Tuesday, even as Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is scheduled to hold talks with the JAC leaders again at 7 p.m., in a bid to end the impasse.
“There is no clarity on different issues. We will come for talks again in the evening,” JAC chairman Saibabu told reporters, emerging out of the Chief Minister’s camp office.
More than 30,000 employees of the A.P. Power Generation Corporation, A.P. Power Transmission Corporation, A.P. Southern Power Distribution Company and A.P. Eastern Power Distribution Company launched an indefinite strike on Monday demanding that the Centre immediately withdraw the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
The strike has resulted in power blackout in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts besides affecting power supply to Hyderabad city. Train services were the worst hit because of power outage, forcing the East Coast Railway to either cancel or reschedule important trains.
However, the South Central Railway announced that it had not cancelled any trains, though many of them ran behind schedule.
With the strike threatening to affect the Southern Power Grid, which could lead to a total blackout all across southern States, the AP government invited the Electricity Employees’ JAC leaders for talks to end the strike.
The cabinet sub-committee on employees’ issues, comprising A.P. Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and others, held talks with the JAC, with Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty and A.P. Energy Department officials also taking part.
The JAC sought a firm assurance that Andhra Pradesh would be kept “united” and the State government remained helpless.