Hyderabad: Though Andhra Pradesh government
appears to be in no mood to concede the demands of the
Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee, it has asked chief
secretary Pankaj Dwivedi to engage JAC leaders in talks to end
the ongoing strike that entered the 31st day today.
Members of the cabinet sub-committee on employees issues
met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the Secretariat this
afternoon and discussed the demands put forth by the TEJAC.
TEJAC has demanded that the government immediately
withdraw the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA)
enforced in certain departments as well as GO No. 177 that
stipulates `no-work, no-pay` rule; besides withdrawal of all
police cases booked against striking workers in the last 30
days and an inquiry into the police action against JAC
president K Swami Goud.
But the main demand of the TEJAC is creation of Telangana
state, for which they have been on an indefinite strike since
"Let them call off the strike first and come for
discussions so that we can consider their demands," state
ministers Danam Nagender and M Mukesh Goud, who were part of
the Cabinet Sub-Committee, told reporters at the end of the
When pointed out that the JAC was not ready to attend any
further talks with the government without their demands being
conceded, the Ministers questioned, "How can a decision be
taken without a discussion?."