Published On: Tue, Feb 15th, 2011

GHMC workers as part of non-cooperation movement for Telangana


HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked sanitation staff of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to stop lifting garbage as a last resort if the government failed to concede separate Telangana demand.

He gave the call as part of non-cooperation movement for Telangana, but asked the staff to give some time to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to move a resolution on the demand of Statehood in the Assembly and also take up the issue with the Central government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They could go ahead if the government did not come forward, he told a crowded meeting of workers at GHMC office at Tank Bund on Monday.

The meeting was marked by an announcement by the chairman of Municipal Employees Joint Action Committee T. Yadaiah that the revenue collection of GHMC would be stopped from Thursday when the non-cooperation movement begins. Mr. Rao warned the government that the State capital would stink if the demand was not met. The staff of GHMC was enough to pose problems to the government. He promised to fill posts from top to bottom in GHMC with employees from Telangana in the separate State. The services of contract and outsourced employees would be regularised. He also said that the deployment of officers in GHMC from outside Telangana was against six-point formula which prescribed that cent per cent employees in local bodies should be drawn locally. Defying the Constitution, the officers were deputed from coastal districts.

While the entire sanitary staff was from Telangana, the officers who bossed over them were from coastal districts, he added. Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Union chairman K. Swamy Goud said the staff would not take orders from higher ups during the non-cooperation movement. Balladeer Gadar said it was the right of the staff to refuse to do services ordered by the bosses. The meeting adopted a resolution demanding the general body of GHMC to adopt a resolution demanding separate Telangana. Telangana JAC chairman M. Kodandaram and former MLA Naini Narasimha Reddy also spoke.