Even as the government talks with the electricity employees’ JAC failed on Tuesday, the employee JAC on Wednesday announced that it is open to relax strike if crisis hits the region owing to the developing cyclone in the east coast.
AP NGOs JAC president Ashok Babu said that the strike cannot be relaxed solely based on Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s assurance on opposing resolution in the forthcoming Assembly.
The cyclone warning centre at Visakhapatnam has issued a warning that a cyclonic storm named ‘Phailin’ is located at 1100 kilometres away from Vizag coast and it is expected to strengthen further in another 24 hours.
In the backdrop of the developing cyclone, the chief minister has requested the JAC to temporarily relax the strike. However, the JAC has agreed to extend support to emergency services while continuing the protest.
“We want a clear assurance from the Central leaders and the political parties. The CM’s assurance alone is not sufficient to call off the strike,” he said.
The JAC, which agreed to disagree with the government’s request to call off the strike, is now in discussions with its other JACs in districts.
The employee JAC is expected to hold a meeting with all other JACs in the region on October 11 or 12 to take a decision on whether there is any provision and mechanism in place with the Home department to discuss and solve the issues of the employees in the event of bifurcation.
The continuation of the Seemandhra blackout on the fourth consecutive day has left the railway stations and bus stations deserted and other basic facilities and emergency services crippled in the region.