Telangana stir: State govt. employees call off strike

The 42-day-old strike launched by Andhra Pradesh government employees in the Telangana region as part of the "Sakala Janula Samme" for a separate state was called off in the presence of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here tonight.

The employees ended their strike after the government reportedly agreed to their nine demands, excluding the Telangana state, as the subject is not in the purview of the state government, sources said.

The employees, who had launched the strike on September 13, announced that they would be back to work from tomorrow.

Earlier the Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders had marathon nine-hours talks with the Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha since this morning and later met the Chief Minister after the talks ended fruitfully.

The employees' leaders later signed an agreement on calling off the strike in the presence of the Chief Minister and the Cabinet Sub-Committee members.

The demands agreed to by the state government included one on treating the strike period of 42 days as "extraordinary leave".

The Chief Minister also agreed to cancel the orders of transfers and deputations made during the strike period.


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