Hyderabad: The administrative work in
Telangana region was badly affected on Tuesday as the Andhra
Pradesh government employees and other supporters of separate
statehood launched an indefinite strike in support of
As part of the `Sakala Janula Samme` (strike by all
sections of people), the state government employees in
Telangana region stayed away from work in Hyderabad and other
Raising slogans in support of Telangana, the employees
and other sections like lawyers and students held rallies,
blocked roads, organised sit-ins and resorted to other forms
At some places in the region, the employees locked
offices and staged demonstrations.
The workers of the state-run coal miner Singareni
Collieries Ltd also struck in various districts like Khammam,
Adilabad and elsewhere.
Schools, colleges and some commercial establishments too
were shut down in support of the `strike by all sections
Stating that the strike was a grand success on the first
day, TRS MLA and party president K Chandrasekhar Rao`s son K T
Rama Rao claimed that Warangal District Collector could not go
reach his office as the driver of his official vehicle and
other staff did not turn up for work.
"The employees will not cooperate with the government.
The state ministers from Telangana region should also
participate in the strike by the people," K Vithal, a leader
of Telangana employees union, told reporters.
Maintaining that the employees have made the strike a
"grand success", K Swamy Goud, a leader of Telangana
Non-Gazetted Officers Association, said political parties
should also join the strike and support the staff against any
disciplinary action by the government.
"Political parties have a responsibility to protect
us. If there is any vindictive action against us, then the
whole political system should move," he said.
The government should try to resolve the issue and
resorting to measures like imposing ESMA would not help the
matters, he claimed.
State Labour Minister D Nagender, who is a member of the
Cabinet sub-committee on employees issues, appealed to the
Telangana employees to call off their strike in public
"Since the Central leadership has initiated a
consultation process to resolve the Telangana issue, they
should withdraw their agitation," he said.
The `strike by all sections of people` has been called
by the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC). It
comprises the TRS, BJP and a number of people`s organisations
like the Telangana employees unions.
Referring to the `no work, no pay` rule being enforced
on striking employees from Telangana, Chief Minister N Kiran
Kumar Reddy said they were only implementing the High Court
directive in this regard.
The State Government issued an order enforcing the `no
work, no pay` rule in the wake of the Telangana employees`
indefinite strike in support of statehood, but later kept the
order in abeyance out of pressure from different quarters.
The AP High Court, however, has directed the government
to enforce the rule.