GOVT NOT DECIDED ON USE OF ESMA AGAINST STAFF–ANAM

Hyderabad, July 21 (NSS): The Minister for Finance,  Mr Anam Ramnarayana Reddy  made it clear here today  that the Government was not having  an idea of invoking A P Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the Telangana employees, who planned for strike after August 1.

       While coming out from the C-Bloc, which was housing Chief Ministers’ Office in the Secretariat, Mr  Ramnarayana Reddy  said that no decision was taken  by the  government on using ESMA against the employees, who  served  strike notices.  Neither at Chief Minister level nor at cabinet level, the matter of ESMA  came up  for discussion, he clarified.

Reminding that a cabinet sub-committee was setup on issues of the employees, the Minister stated that the government was ready to implement the agreements arrived at between it and the employees unions’ during the discussion. As part of implementation of the  agreement, the Government has issued G Os. The  G Os on remaining issues would also be issued soon. When  asked bout  the allegation of the Telangana Employees JAC that the G Os  remained on  papers   and not seen implementation, he said that the G Os were meant for implementation.

When pointed out that the Telangana employees JAC served strike notice for separate Telangana state, Mr Reddy said: “The Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary will respond on the matter. The cabinet sub-committee was meant for holdings discussions with the employees unions on their issues only, but not separation of the state. The Government is always ready to hold discussions with the employees’ unions on any issue”, he added. (NSS)

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