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Pen down strike by State staff

Special Correspondent

Call given by TNGOs and TJAC in protest against ‘free zone’

HYDERABAD: Employees in several government offices and directorates in Telangana region and Hyderabad observed a ‘pen down’ strike on Tuesday, on a call given by the Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers’ Central Union and Telangana Joint Action Committee to protest against ‘free zone’ status to Hyderabad.

However in Secretariat, though the TNGO Secretariat branch representatives went around different blocks, raising slogans and seeking solidarity of employees, work was not disrupted. Some employees sported black badges.

TNGOs Central Union general secretary B. Devi Prasad Rao said that employees in several offices including APPSC, Directorate of Archives, Pay and Accounts, APGLI, Treasuries, Cooperatives, Economics and Statistics, SSC Board, School Education, Mines and Geology, Marketing, Excise, Ground Water, Public Health, Stamps and Registrations etc., totally observed pen down. NGOs State union president Swamy Goud said that it was not proper to extend Hyderabad Police Act that was formed for 13 villages during Nizam rule to entire Greater Hyderabad Commissionerate.

The Government did not furnish these facts facilitating the Supreme Court judgement upholding the 1975 Presidential Order.

Mulki rules

As half of five districts surrounding Hyderabad were merged into Greater Hyderabad, unemployed in those districts would not get justice in recruitment, he said and demanded that the government amend the Constitution and restore Mulki rules. In the Secretariat, TNGOs representative G. Suresh Kumar demanded strict implementation of GO 610 issued in 1986 and deletion of Clause 14 F from the Presidential Order.

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