AP employees threaten strike, notice to be given to CS on Jan. 21

Employee leaders said they would negotiate with the government only after the GO on the 11th PRC is cancelled

VIJAYAWADA: State government employees dissatisfied with the PRC order and other decisions of the AP government would serve a strike notice on the chief secretary on January 21.

Stating this, APJAC chairman Srinivasa Rao said the union leaders would discuss the future course of action on Thursday. Employee leaders said they would negotiate with the government only after the GO on the 11th PRC is cancelled.

Chief secretary Sameer Sharma called a meeting with the leaders on Wednesday and tried to explain the government's stand. The leaders expressed dissatisfaction over the CS saying the state’s revenue has drastically fallen due to the pandemic.

The AP government employees association that covers 40 departments held a meeting chaired by its president Suryanarayana and general secretary Askara Rao and rejected the GO on PRC released by the government on Monday night.

The leaders said the employees have been waiting for 42 months for the PRC implementation. The government did not consider the employees’ demands as per the Ashutosh Mishra committee report while deciding on the PRC, they said.

A PRC Saadhana Committee has been formed to stage protests and agitations from January 20, in which PRTU, SLTA, YSRTF, SC ST TF, MAPTA, APUS, RJUP, APTG, BTA, RTU and NTA of the AP government employees association JAC will take part from January 20.

Venkatrami Reddy, president of the secretariat employees' union, said it was ironic that the salaries have come down due to 11 PRC’s implementation. AP JAC Amaravati chairman Venkateswarulu said the employees were on a wait for the past nearly three years. He explained with figures how the salaries would come down with the new PRC and fitment.

He claimed that as per the CAG report and MP Vijaya Sai Reddy's tweet, the state's revenue has increased.

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