Special Correspondent

JAC office-bearers threaten indefinite strike from May 15

HYDERABAD: The Joint Action Committee of Employees, Teachers and Workers served a notice on the State Government here on Saturday conveying its decision to go on indefinite strike from May 15 to press for its pending demands.

The strike notice was handed over to Chief Secretary T. K. Dewan at the Secretariat by the JAC office-bearers led by B. V. Subba Rao, chairman. The JAC represents nearly 12 lakh employees.

`No positive response'

The two-page notice said Government employees nursed high expectations about settlement of their legitimate demands after reaching an amicable agreement on their pay scales following the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission.

But they did not get any positive response from Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in spite of repeated reminders to him on the pending issues.

Major demands

Listing their 17 demands, the JAC leaders wanted scrapping of professional tax for government staff, payment of arrears under PRC for the period from April, 1 2005 to July 31, 2005, regular payment of salaries to Panchayat Raj employees and issuing of orders by the Government for medical reimbursement on which an understanding had already been reached.

According to the notice, the employees' agitation will begin with mass demonstrations in front of Collectorates on April 21.

This will be followed by a rally and public meeting at Hyderabad on May 11.

The actual strike will begin on May 15 if there is no response from the Government by then.