Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government
employees in Telangana region on Thursday undertook a relay hunger
strike here in support of the statehood demand.
The fast held at the Indira Park here was attended by
members of Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Association,
Telangana Gazetted Officers Association and other employees
Speaking on the occasion, leaders of Telangana staff
unions hit out at the state government for invoking the
Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) for prohibiting
strikes in the various finance-related services.
The Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee has
already served a notice to the government that it would launch
an indefinite general strike from August 17 primarily in
support of the demand for creation of a separate state.
It has also submitted a charter of demands that include
appointing a judicial commission to look into irregularities
in appointments and deputations in violation of zonal
The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet sub-committee on employees
yesterday decided to invite the Telangana Employees Joint
Action Committee (JAC) for talks on August five to resolve
their pending grievances and avert a strike.
"On the one hand, the government has invited us for
talks tomorrow. On the other hand, the government has invoked
ESMA. Telangana people are observing this double standards," K
Swamy Goud, a leader of Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers