Andhra Pradesh workers move outside High Court, ministers launch counterattack


Taking the confrontation with the government of Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh to a new level, state government workers took to the High Court on Thursday to challenge Government (GO) orders on pay review ‘no scientist”.

A petition to this effect was filed in the State High Court by the PA Gazetted Officers’ Association KV Krishnaiah, stating that the GOs were contrary to the spirit of the PA Reorganization Act.

Krishnaiah named chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh and officials from the state finance department and revenue department as defendants. Even the Union Home Ministry was also included in the case as it was about the PA Reorganization Act passed by Parliament.

He argued that wages should not be reduced in accordance with the law.

“The last GOs implementing the PRC report lead to a sharp reduction in wages. According to the law, there would be full protection of the interests of employees after the combined state bifurcation,” he said.

Krishnaiah said the employees decided to take legal action, while continuing to agitate to find a solution to their claims.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the PA Secretariat Employees Association, K Venkatrami Reddy, who has until now been seen as a pro-government party, also announced that his association would be among other government employees. of the state to lead a common agitation.

“We are discussing with other associations to form a joint action committee,” he said.

Meanwhile, ruling party leaders, including ministers in the Jagan government, have launched a counterattack against employee associations for deciding to call an indefinite strike against the PRC.

Minister of State for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana said the PRC was only announced after discussions with all associations.

“Now how can they strike? These are the employees who seem the least concerned about the state’s financial situation due to the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

Stating that the government was ready to hold another round of talks with the employees to convince them, Botsa said the cabinet would take a call after the employees served the strike notice.

State Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh said it was not right for state employees to go on strike after agreeing to the PRC announced by the Chief Minister.

“They hailed the PRC in Jagan’s presence but are now protesting the same way,” he criticized.

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