State government employees, who pressed their demands unitedly before, are now divided on regional lines, with the APNGOs association and TNGOs planning separate agitational programmes. They also levelled charges against each other.
The only common point in their respective demands is constitution of the 10th Pay Revision Commission (PRC). Additionally, the TNGOs demanded lifting of cases against Telangana employees who participated in the Sakala Janula Samme.
Telangana NGOs served a strike notice on chief secretary Minnie Mathew on Friday evening and said they would go on an indefinite strike after March 20. Declaring their own programme, the APNGOs said they were fighting for their demands and not against Telangana. APNGOs will organise Challo Hyderabad on March 2.
However, TNGOs say the proposed rally by APNGOs was aimed against Telangana and sponsored by Seemandhra leaders.
“After the Sakala Janula Samme, TNGOs and APNGOs decided to fight unitedly on employees’ problems. But, the APNGOs took a different stand now,” alleged TNGO president V Srinivasa Goud. Goud said they would not take things lying down. “Even after the Telangana state is formed, Seemandhra employees and their wards should live in Telangana. Will the Seemandhra leaders be able to protect them in Telangana state?” Goud asked. He wanted APNGOs not to launch a Samaikyandhra agitation in the guise of fighting for employees’ problems. “Let us all fight for the employees’ cause in a cordial atmosphere,” Goud appealed to APNGOs. However, APNGOs’ president V Gopal Reddy clarified that their agitation was only for solving their problems and not a counter-stir to TNGO agitation.