Telangana Political Joint Action Committee chairman M. Kodandaram asserted that formation of separate Telangana state was the only solution to check the spree of suicides witnessed in the region since the past three years.

Prof. Kodandaram said youth resorted to the extreme step protesting the government’s refusal to concede the long-pending demand of separate state. “The State and its irresponsible leaders will be held responsible for the deaths,” he said.

He was addressing a meeting of Martyrs’ Welfare and Relief Society constituted by Telugu daily Namasthe Telangana in connection with distribution of cheques to families of suicide victims. The society had identified 890 victims of which cheques of Rs. 25,000 each were handed over to 260 families that needed immediate assistance.

The T-JAC chairman criticised the State and Central governments for not responding to the Telangana demand in spite of the fact that youth chose suicides as means of expressing their protest. “There are similar protests in Tibet and other places, but not of this magnitude,” he said adding that addressing the concerns of these families would be first on the agenda of the government as and when the Telangana state was formed.

Namasthe Telangana chairman and managing director C.L. Rajam said the society was formed to ensure that all organisations working for providing relief to the affected families were brought on to one platform. A panel of experts had finalised the names of the families and the effort would continue as more organisations and individuals were expected to donate for the cause of these families.

Namasthe Telangana editor Allam Narayana presided over the meeting.

Martyrs’ Welfare and Relief Society has identified 890 victims of which cheques of Rs. 25,000 each were handed over to 260 families