90 p.c. of employees keep away from work protesting CWC decision

A day after the APNGO’s Association served notice to go on indefinite strike, AP Revenue Association also announced that it would strike work from midnight of August 12.

This is bound to derail the administrative work further at the Secretariat and other head offices.

The Gazetted Officers, led by Secretariat Seemandhra Employees Forum, were the first to boycott work and their protest entered fourth day on Wednesday.

The Forum had been organising protest rallies and dharnas during the lunch hour since Saturday with leaders from various parties expressing solidarity to them.

The Seemandhra employees organised a unique protest rally by walking backwards demanding roll back of Congress Working Committee’s decision to divide the State.

Minister, MPs asked to resign

Several departments in the Secretariat continued to wear a deserted a look with 90 per cent of the employees keeping away from work. With Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and most of his Cabinet colleagues giving the Secretariat a miss since July 30, the administrative work remains paralysed.

Speaking to media persons after issuing the notice to the Chief Secretary, the AP Revenue Association leaders demanded that the Congress MPs and Ministers resign immediately against the decision to bifurcate the State. They made it clear that their strike would continue till the last of the MPs resigned and deplored that before taking a policy decision, the Centre did not spell out concrete guidelines for the division.

Mr. Veerasiva Reddy, who resigned as MLA and from the Congress, backed the agitation of the Secretariat employees. All the parties -- TDP, BJP, CPI and YSRC -- were responsible for bringing the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to the boil by giving their consent for State bifurcation. Mr. Reddy said KCR had woken up after the Congress announced decision on Telangana and targeted Seemandhra employees only to make his presence felt.