AP govt holds back salaries of striking employees

The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided not to pay salaries to employees and teachers from Telangana region who have been taking part in the ongoing indefinite strike for the past 18 days.

Updated: Sep 30, 2011, 18:08 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government
has decided not to pay salaries to employees and teachers from
Telangana region who have been taking part in the ongoing
indefinite strike for the past 18 days.

The Government will strictly implement the AP High
Court order and deny salaries to the striking employees. Those
not taking part in the stir will, however, be paid full
month`s salary tomorrow, Finance Minister Aanam Ramanarayana
Reddy said here this afternoon.

Pensioners too would get their due as usual, he added.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with Chief
Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, he said the Government would pay
salary only for 12 days in September to employees who launched
the indefinite strike on September 13 in support of the demand
for statehood to Telangana.

"We will go by the attendance particulars and pay the
salaries accordingly. We will strictly follow the High Court
order in relation to no-work, no-pay," the Minister added.

Meanwhile, a majority of the striking employees are
bringing pressure on Congress MPs from Telangana to prevail
upon the Centre and the party`s Government in the state to get
their full salaries released in view of the Dasara festival.

The MPs, currently camping in New Delhi lobbying for a
separate state, reportedly took up the issue with Union
Minister and AICC General Secretary in-charge of party affairs
in AP Ghulam Nabi Azad and sought his intervention.

A top Congress leader called up the CM and wanted him
to consider the employees` plea. Kiran reportedly maintained
he was only implementing the HC order and any violation could
become a contempt of court, informed sources said. "There is
pressure on us to pay full salaries to striking employees. But
we can`t violate the HC directive," a Minister said.

PTI