Agitating Telangana Employees to Get 12 Day Salary

Going soft on the employees of Telangna region, who are participating in Sakala Janula Samme started on 13 September, the government directed the authorities concerned to pay 12 days salary to them. This decision of the government comes in view of the ensuing Dasara festival on 6 October. As Dasara happens to be an important festival in Telangana region, salary is expected to be of great use to the employees. The government employees of Telangana region began the strike from September 13 after working for the first 12 days of the month. While the government deciding to strictly enforce the no-work-no-pay rule, the finance department asked the district treasury officers to process the salary bills of Telangana employees also for 12 days and disburse the same along with the full month salary of employees who attended to their duties. A communication to this effect is sent by the principal secretary (finance), Mr V. Bhaskar, in the meeting. "The catch, however, is that the salaries can be disbursed only when the disbursement officer of the respective organisations and the pay and accounts office staff attend to their work in the next couple of days," a senior official said. “The catch, however, is that the salaries can be disbursed only when the disbursement officer of the respective organisations and the pay and accounts office staff attend to their work in the next few days," a senior official said. Sources said doubts were expressed about paying salaries to employees who attended to their duties by September 29, a deadline fixed by Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Sakala Janula Samme: Day 13 - Rail Roko Continues

As the Sakala Janula Samme or the separate Telangana agitation entered the 13th day on Sunday, the 48-hour 'Rail Roko' that started on Saturday has crippled all 10 Telangana districts. 58 trains were cancelled, and many others were delayed, diverted or rescheduled. In these 12 days, the state has suffered a loss of Rs. 3564 crore, the rail roko movement has cost the South Central Railway (SCR) Rs. 22 crore. Also, seven lakh agricultural labourers are losing their daily wages and nearly 33 lakh students are missing classes. Hundreds of policemen, personnel of railway police and Central paramilitary forces have been deployed at stations to protect railway property. Meanwhile, over 10,000 RTC buses remained off the roads in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the region on Saturday. Around 500,000 auto-rickshaws have also joined the Sakala Janula Samme or general strike as it is called, demanding a separate Telangana state. Buses have been off roads for days now and auto rickshaws too have gone on a 48-hour strike to support the movement. The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission examination was being held as planned and the government was trying to organise special buses to ferry students to the exam centres. The only respite for Hyderabad was that petrol stations will be open. With completely paralysed public transport including local trains, power cuts and civic administration hit, citizens in Hyderabad are gearing up for tougher days. With no political solution in sight soon, the agitation is only getting bigger. Congress MPs from Telangana, meanwhile, are expected to meet the state incharge Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi on Monday to re-iterate their demand for a separate state.    

Sakala Janula Samme: Day 12 - Train Services Disrupted

As part of the ongoing Sakala Janula Samme, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) has called for a 48-hour 'Rail Roko' agitation starting from today, the 12th day of the ongoing general strike demanding separate statehood for Telangana. Trains scheduled for the weekend have been cancelled in view of the two-day agitation that begins today. The rail blockade, second in less than three months, has snapped the link between Hyderabad and other destinations in south and north India. The rail transport between Telangana and two other regions of the state has also been paralysed. Yesterday, the South Central Railway announced cancellation of 55 express and 176 passenger trains in view of the two-day blockade. The cancelled express trains include all the trains running between Hyderabad and Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Patna, Rajkot and Balharshah. Routes of 63 trains, including 33 express trains, have been cut short. The authorities have also announced that 55 trains will be diverted and four rescheduled. The trains diverted and those whose routes have been cut short include those originating in either north India or other parts of south and passing through Telangana. Some long-distance trains scheduled to depart on Friday and coming to Hyderabad or passing through the region have also been cancelled. They include the New Delhi-Secunderabad, Patna-Secunderabad and Kakinada-Secunderabad express trains. The train blockade will add to the woes of the commuters as state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses remained off the roads in the region for the fifth day on Friday due to the Sakala Janula Samme. The twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad are the worst hit as even auto rickshaws have gone on a two-day strike from Friday midnight. The rail blockade has also forced the South Central Railway to cancel all 222 MMTS (Multi-Modal Transport System) services or local trains in the twin cities and 102 DHMU (Diesel Hydraulic Multiple Unit) trains in other parts of Telangana.            

Red Overshadows Pink at Khammam Poru Garjana

The well-attended public meeting called 'Poru Garjana' at the Pavilion grounds in Khammam on Thursday, has brought forth a new player that has strong left leanings, into the Telangana movement. K Chandrasekhar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has been struggling for its own survival in some districts where it has very little presence, too was keen on extending a helping hand to CPI (ML) New Democracy, the new entrant. The CPI (ML) New Democracy has made known its intentions loud and clear at the massive public meeting. The party managers succeeded in driving home the message that "it's not TRS alone, but New Democracy is here to champion the T-cause and take the movement forward among the four crore people of the region," much to the delight of Telangana protagonists at the Poru Garjana. KCR, who was expected to heli-hop to the garjana venue dropped out due to viral fever. Harish Rao and K Tarakarama Rao couldn't attend as they were caught in the traffic. However, TRS MLA Etela Rajender and T-JAC convener Kodandaram shared the dais with New Democracy leaders. In spite of riding high in the wake of the success of Sakala Janula Samme and RTC employees' strike, TRS was left playing a second fiddle to New Democracy, which has sizeable presence in Khammam and other Andhra districts, at the Khammam 'Poru Garjana'. Knowing well that the T-agitation is going to be a long haul and that the Centre would not grant the separate state in the immediate future, TRS bucked the trend by trying to forge a friendship with New Democracy. Analysts say, this could herald a new alignment of T-forces. This bonding is mutually beneficial to both TRS and New Democracy. But one thing TRS should always remember that it was the New Democracy that turned the pitch of the T-movement to 'Red' during 'Millennium March' on March 10, 2011 by vandalising the statues of Telugu dignitaries on the Tank Bund. Telangana protagonists, at all given opportunities, are not missing to emphasise that the T-movement is devoid of violence. With the dominant 'Red' in, the pale 'Pink' may get over-shadowed, aver the analysts.