AP govt invites Telangana employees for talks tom

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday appealed to Telangana employees not to put common people to inconvenience and invited them for talks tomorrow to discuss the strike notice served by them.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government
on Wednesday appealed to Telangana employees not to put common people
to inconvenience and invited them for talks tomorrow to
discuss the strike notice served by them.

"The government has issued orders on the demands of the
Joint Action Committee (JAC) of employees, which has served
the strike notice. We are ready to discuss all issues which
are in our jurisdiction. We request them to keep in view the
welfare and development programmes of the government and come
for talks tomorrow at 12 noon and also withdraw the strike
notice," state Finance Minister A Ramanarayana Reddy, who
heads the Cabinet sub-committee on employees issues, told
reporters here.

The Chief Minister had written to the Speaker to
constitute a legislative committee and efforts are being made
to appoint a judicial commission as demanded by the employees
for safeguarding their various rights, he said.

The JAC had served a notice to go on strike from August
17.

Highlighting welfare schemes like social security
pensions, poor students` scholarships, free power for farmers
in Telangana region, Reddy appealed to the employees not to
put the common people in trouble.

Referring to the demand of Telangana employees for
withdrawal of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) in
various government services, he said the ESMA was invoked in
only eight departments so far.

"ESMA is not something we have brought today. We have
invoked ESMA in eight departments so far. There were instances
when it was imposed in over 40 departments. The government
does not have a revengeful attitude," he said.

Asked about the demand of the employees to withdraw the
Central forces deployed in government offices, the Finance
Minister said the forces are stationed to maintain law and
order.

"The security forces are deployed to ensure protection of
those visiting the offices for various works and also the
employees. The employees themselves had earlier complained
that outsiders were coming to their offices. The forces would
not trouble anybody," he said.

Highlighting the ongoing Ramzan and coming Vinayaka
Chavithi festivities, minister M Mukesh Goud appealed to the
Telangana employees, on behalf of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar
Reddy, not to stay away from work.

The JAC of Telangana employees, teachers and gazetted
officers had on August 5 boycotted crucial talks with the
Cabinet sub-committee over the proposed general strike.
The JAC had sought an assurance from the government that
ESMA would not be evoked against them and withdrawal of
security forces deployed in government offices as pre-
conditions for coming to the negotiations table.

PTI

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