The APNGOs Association and other employees’ and workers’ organisations, which had formed the Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika (SRPV), have resolved to continue their strike till October 20.
Briefing mediapersons on the resolutions adopted at the APGNGOs executive body meeting on Sunday morning and SRPV meeting in the evening, APNGOs president P Ashok Babu said it had been unanimously resolved to continue the strike. “It was also resolved not to hold talks with the Cabinet sub-committee, but inform it that they will hold talks only with the chief minister, that too if he has a solution to address the issue,” he said.
Reiterating their commitment for keeping the state united, the APNGO’s leader said the striking employees will not be celebrating Dasara in protest against the Union Cabinet’s decision to bifurcate the state. “We will continue our agitation till the decision on state bifurcation is withdrawn,” he said.
Condemning the attack on NGOs by Amalapuram MP Harsh Kumar’s sons on Saturday, he demanded that the police book criminal cases against them.
“Police have only made simple charges against them. We want stringent action and will talk to the chief minister in this regard,” he said. He also condemned the attack on teachers at Vizianagaram.
He once against Ashok Babu asked political parties not to join the employees’ and workers’ agitation. “Some political leaders are trying to take advantage and use the agitation to settle their political scores, as happened in Vizianagaram. We also demand action against police officials who had attacked employees,” he said.
Mourning revenue employees A Papa Rao of Guntur and several others who died heart broken over the decision to divide the state, the APNGOs leader said after the strike ends, they will talk to government for financial aid and also every employee will contribute for the same.
“We will also talk with banks to sanction personal loans to RTC employees and workers equal to their monthly salary,” he said.
Agitation in Delhi
Asked about their proposed agitation in Delhi, he said they are yet to take the final decision on it. “Most probably we will go to Delhi to seek support of national leaders for our cause towards the month-end as they will not be available in the national capital for next couple of weeks due to Dasara holidays,” he said.
On the failure of ministers and MPs tendering their resignations as promised after the Cabinet note, Ashok Babu said they have lost their faith in them. “They have cheated the people and there is nothing to be said about them. Now, we are hopeful that MLAs will keep their word and fight for keeping the state united,” he said.