Hyderabad: The Joint Action Committee of
Telangana Friday boycotted the talks with the Andhra Pradesh cabinet sub-committee over the proposed general strike from August 17, demanding withdrawal of certain orders invoking
Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).
The JAC also demanded an assurance from the government
that ESMA would not be invoked against employees, as a pre-
requisite for holding talks.
It also wanted immediate withdrawal of para-military and security forces deployed in government offices.
The JAC had served a notice on the government last month
threatening to go on an indefinite general strike from Aug 1
demanding apart from service-related issues, the creation of
Telangana state. Subsequently, the strike was put off till
The cabinet sub-committee on employees, comprising Deputy
Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha and four other ministers,
had invited the JAC leaders for talks today in a bid to avert
the general strike.
After a lot of deliberations, the JAC leaders decided to
attend the talks but they came to the state Secretariat with a
letter to the cabinet sub-committee placing three fresh
demands as a "pre-requisite for holding discussions on the
After handing over the letter to the sub-committee
members, the JAC leaders walked out of the meeting.