Employees associations were a wee bit disappointed after their discussions with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here on Saturday as they expected him to announce an immediate decision on the quantum of Interim Relief (IR).

However, Mr. Reddy said the government would take a decision in two-three days, coinciding with the advent of the New Year.

Leaders of the associations of employees, teachers and pensioners were upset as the Chief Minister did not give them an inkling about the quantum of IR the government was planning to extend.

Finance Minister A. Ramanarayana Reddy, Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty, Finance Department Special Chief Secretary S.P. Tucker, Principal Secretary Dr. P.V. Ramesh and Principal Secretary of Health A.P. Sawhney and other officials were present at the meeting.

Mr. Kiran Reddy explained to the employees that there was slump in revenue growth due to the political uncertainty in the State for the last three years. However, his government had cleared over Rs. 9,000 crore dues of different welfare schemes after he took over as Chief Minister.

Assuring that the government would try to resolve all problems of the employees, Mr. Reddy said the government would take decisions keeping in mind all sections of people.

Health cards

Employees’ leaders P. Ashok Babu, G. Devi Prasad Rao, V. Srinivas Goud, I. Venkateshwar Rao and others told reporters separately later that the Chief Minister had assured to convene a meeting of Health Department officials and the Chief Secretary to sort out the issues related to health cards on December 30.

They demanded that the government announce IR by December 31 or else they would agitate again.