Three levels of employees of the State Prohibition and Excise from 13 districts of Seemandhra came together here on Wednesday to form a joint action committee to fight against the Union Cabinet’s decision to bifurcate the State.
The office-bearers of newly formed JAC conveyed their intention to the State government through the media and announced that they would strike work any moment from Thursday midnight after technically serving a notice to the government in writing.
Committee chairman Yedlapalli Adinarayana, along with organising secretary Kumareswaran and other office-bearers, at a press conference on Wednesday, said that the State earned Rs.18,000 crore revenue in the last fiscal and this year the target was Rs.21,000 crore out of which 70 per cent comes from Seemandhra region. “If the employees go on strike the first casualty will be the renewal of licence on or before October 20, when about Rs.800 crore is due,” said Mr. Adinarayana.
In case of bifurcation of the State all the cheap liquor breweries will go to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be forced to buy from them all their needs as the lion’s share is consumed in these 13 districts. About 3,000 employees are expected to go on strike , said joint secretary P. Sri Devi.