ANDHRA PRADESH

‘YSR falters on promise to village servants’

Special Correspondent

KADAPA: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy failed to keep his promise to accord Class IV government employee status to village servants and to enhance their pay in phases, leaders of Opposition parties alleged on Wednesday. The State government remained nonchalant at the 38-day-long agitation of village servants, Telugu Desam Party district president S. Raghurami Reddy alleged. Advising the government to realise that village servants supplemented the efforts of the government, he deplored the apathy of the official machinery in not drawing the Chief Minister’s attention to the prolonged stir during his three-day tour of the district.

TDP leader Palem Srikanth Reddy alleged. TDP would regain power with the help of Communist parties in the ensuing elections and would concede the village servants’ demands, he asserted. The government was spending crores of rupees on putting flexiboards to publicise its programmes, but not hiking the pay of village servants, CPI (M) district secretary B. Narayana alleged. The government was enthusiastic in announcing a multi-crore package to bail out the scam-tainted Satyam Computer, but was lax in the village servants’ issue, he alleged.

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