A.P. Indira Kranthi Patham Animators Union honorary district secretary C. Babu on Wednesday warned of launching relay hunger strike from May 16 if the government did not withdraw circular 64 issued to terminate services of animators.

Addressing the district general body meeting of the union here, Mr. Babu recalled that the government has issued a circular No. 59 in the past but withdrew it owing to an intensive agitation by animators. Minister for Rural Development Sunitha Lakshma Reddy had then assured union leaders that animators would be continued without discrimination and they would be paid a minimum monthly salary of Rs. 3,000. However, the Minister changed her stand , he said.

A phased agitation would be launched on May 13 including relay fast from May 16.