In what is viewed as a precursory agitation ahead of the ‘Telangana March’ proposed to be held on September 30, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) of state government employees, including teachers and workers, on Thursday organised dharnas at the collectorates of all the district headquarters in the Telangana region and celebrated ‘rededication day’ to mark the completion of one year of the launch of the ‘Sakala Janula Samme’ or the general strike.
During the Sakala Janula Samme launched on September 13 last year, the employees, teachers and workers of the state government in Telangana region stayed away from duty for 42 consecutive days and participated in agitations demanding statehood to the Telangana region.
On thursday, the government employees, along with TNGOs and NGOs, staged dharnas at the collectorates of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal, Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Rangareddy and Hyderabad districts.
While the protests at the collectorates of Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts were just token protests, the agitators took out bike rallies and processions in the remaining districts.
They raised slogans against the government and demanded immediate realisation of the separate state. Also, protests were organised at all the mandal offices of the region.
The JAC leaders said that the agitators were ready to take part in another movement for the achievement of the Telangana state. They called on government employees to participate in the Telangana March on September 30 in Hyderabad.
It was also decided that protests would be organised on September 22 to press for the implementation of Pay Revision Commission (PRC) and regularisation of jobs which are currently on a contract basis.
In Karimnagar, Telangana teachers JAC leaders said that the employees, teachers and workers should stay united as the government, which had tried to split them during the Sakala Janula Samme last year, would repeat it’s bid this year too.
The JAC leaders from all the districts pledged to participate in the Karimnagar March scheduled on September 16. They took out a motorcycle rally in Khammam town before staging protests, raising slogans, at the collectorate.
The leaders from Mahbubnagar asked employees to reach Hyderabad two-three days ahead of the Telangana March as they said that the government, with the help of police, would try to prevent them from attending the rally.
During the rededication celebrations at the Nalgonda collectorate, the employees JAC leaders alleged that officials from Andhra region were harassing the Telangana employees for the last few years and if they do not change their attitude, they will be pushed out of the region.
In Adilabad, the employees demanded that the state government immediately implement the pact signed between the government and employees.
They wanted the government to convert the 42-day strike period in September last year into casual leaves and lift the cases registered against students and employees during the Telangana movement.
The employees and teachers in Medak district, organised dharna at the collectorate in Sangareddy.