APNGOs call off strike

APNGOs call off strike

APNGOs Call Off Strike, Seemandhra Employees JAC Called Off Strike, CM Kiran Kumar Reddy. Kiran assures employees’ interests will be taken care of.

Kiran assures employees’ interests will be taken care of

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Hyderabad: The Seemandhra Employees JAC called off its 66-day-old strike following an assurance from Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy that the grievances of the employees from the region would be represented to the Centre. Employees from all the departments will be reporting to duties from Friday. The JAC leaders had three hour-long meeting with the Chief Minister in his chambers. Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Social Welfare Minister, P Satyanarayana, Health Minister K Muralimohan, Chief Secretary P K Mohanty and several higher officials were present at the meeting.

Briefing to media persons, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said that the meeting focused mostly on the demand of employees who wanted a clear assurance from the Chief Minister, who tried to convince them that he would take forward their message to the Centre. He said that Chief Minister expressed the hope of continuing further as the head of united AP.

APNGOs Call Off Strike

As people were facing a lot of problems and were unable to utilize various government-sponsored schemes, the Chief Minister asked them to call of the strike. Pointing out that as several Ministers and also the PCC president were for Samaikyandra, Kiran Kumar Reddy assured that by all means the process for bifurcation would be challenged in Assembly. Over the question, if the T bill would be placed in Assembly, once or twice, the Chief Minister clarified to the JAC that he would seek clarification from the Centre, as Digvijay Singh had said it would be placed in Assembly twice, while Home Minister held that it will only once.

Kiran Kumar Reddy felt that the proposal of bifurcation should be taken forward as it had happened in the case of three States of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. “The same norms and procedures should be followed as in those States during bifurcation.

For which the Chief Minister will be writing a letter to Home Ministry,” said the Minister. Referring to the stance taken by the Congress leaders of Seemandhra after the Cabinet Note approval and the letter sent to the Centre signed by Chief Minister and PCC chief, Ramanarayana Reddy held that it would continue to be the standpoint of Congress leadership in State.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, APNGOs president P Ashok Babu said that the Chief Minister had assured that the bifurcation bill will be opposed in the Assembly. He said that if Article 371(D) is taken into consideration, the Centre does not have the right to bifurcate the State as employees would be the ultimate sufferers. Over this, the Chief Minister assured them that he would help ensure justice to the employees.

However, he said that the strike is suspended till the bill reaches Assembly. “We shall be going to strike once the bill reaches Assembly”, he asserted. Similarly the activities like ‘Save AP” meetings will continue as schedule and also protest meetings will continue apart from office hours.

The Gazetted Officers (GOs) of Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary and Fisheries departments and Panchayat Raj Officers Association also met the Chief Minister.

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