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Government offices hit by pen down stir
December 2nd, 2009
By Our Correspondent, Deccan Chronicle
Hyderabad, Dec. 1: The “pen-down strike” by Telangana employees brought government offices to a halt on Tuesday causing much inconvenience to the people.
Functioning of offices was disrupted on Monday too because of the Telangana bandh organised by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
As many as 1.8 lakh employees participated in the pen-down strike opposing Hyderabad as free zone for recruitment. As part of the agitation, they raised slogans against the government and urged it to protect the rights of Telangana employees.
“Hyderabad cannot be a free zone since it would be detrimental to the interests of the people,” said Mr K. Swami Goud, chairman of Joint Action Committee of Telangana employees.
The JAC, which was formed with the support of 26 Telangana unions, has also extended support to the agitation of TRS.
There were heated arguments between the staff and public in RTO offices after officials refused to conduct driving tests. Those who booked time slots for the tests complained that they have to wait two more months to get their turn.
“When employees are on strike, alternate arrangements should be made,” said Mr M. Dayannand, leader of Mahatma Gandhi Auto Drivers’ Association.
Meanwhile, the Telangana districts limped back to normalcy on Tuesday after two days of violence triggered by the TRS president, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s fast. There was no violence in the Osmania University campus either.
The director-general of police, Mr R.R. Girish Kumar, said, “Telangana situation is normal today. It was peaceful.”
However, miscreants damaged the statutes of several leaders in Telangana districts. The statute of Potti Sriramulu, who died for separate statehood of Andhra Pradesh, was damaged by agitators in Palvoncha in Khammam district. The statutes of Congress leader, Mr P. Janardhan Reddy, were damaged at Jagadgirigutta and Kukatpally.