Hyderabad: Employees returned on Tuesday to government offices in Telangana, a day after the Andhra Pradesh administration reached a truce with the last of the striking unions in a region where normal life was paralyzed by a 42-day general strike.
Leaders of the Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee (TEJAC), which has 400,000 members, resumed work after signing an agreement on Monday night with the Congress party government headed by chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.
TEJAC, which supports the campaign for a separate state of Telangana, won concessions including the withdrawal of cases filed against striking employees. The government agreed to treat the duration for which they were on strike as special leave and pay the employees a special advance equal to the salary lost on account of a “no work, no-pay” rule ahead of the Diwali festival.
Commuters after the APSRTC services were resumed for public after a gap of 27 days in connection with Telangana agitation in Hyderabad on Sunday (File photo )
Return to work does not mean an end to the struggle for Telangana, Swamy Goud, chairman of TEJAC, told the regional news channel TV9 on Tuesday. Goud said he may launch an indefinite hunger strike should the Central government take a decision against the formation of a Telangana state.
In a related development, protesting employees of the state-owned power utility company Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd called off their strike on Tuesday evening, ending the longest general strike in the movement for Telangana statehood.
The Centre says any decision on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh is only possible after wide consultations with all parties in the state.