Panchayat Raj staff threaten strike

Allege attempts to stifle the institutions and starve them of funds

Staff Reporter

NELLORE: A meeting of the District United Protection Committee of panchayat raj institutions, held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, warned the Government of an indefinite strike by employees, if it continued with what it described as the `step-motherly treatment' of these institutions.

The president of Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Chamber, Y. Babu Rajendra Prasad, told reporters that whether it was the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Government or the present Congress Government, the panchayat raj institutions were always at the mercy of the respective administrations.

He strongly opposed the attempts by the Government to introduce the so-called revenue secretary system and pointed out that it was not acceptable.

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