Employees of eight public sector undertakings will go on strike on September 26 in support of the ongoing separate Telangana agitation.
The PSUs are -- ECIL, BDL, MIDHANI, BHEL, HAL, Ordnance Factory, HMT Machine Tools, and HMT Praga Tools, K. Swamy Goud, chairman, and other leaders of Telangana employees joint action committee chairman told a press conference here on Wednesday. They said a meeting of employees participating in the general strike would be held in memory of Telangana martyrs either at Ravindra Bharathi or Gagan Vihar on September 23. The progress of the strike would be reviewed at a meeting of the JAC the next day.
They alleged that the nine-day-old strike was sought to be suppressed by the government by utilising the services of police constables to operate RTC buses and outsourcing employees in other departments. It was the driving of a bus by an armed constable that resulted in the death of an autorickshaw driver at Srinagar Colony, they said and sought that the RTC Managing Director be booked for murder in the incident.
Mr. Goud asked the contract staff who were removed by the RTC not to worry as the employees JAC would ensure their reinstatement after the strike ended. Political JAC chairman M. Kodandaram said Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana had agreed in principle to reinstate 1,355 contact staff of the RTC who were removed from service for participation in the strike.
The assurance was given when Mr. Kodandaram and TRS MLA K.T. Rama Rao met the Minister today.
The Minister promised that the government would release Rs. 10 lakh to the bereaved family of autorickshaw driver Mallesh who was killed in the accident today, he added.