Congress Leaders Protesting for Sanitary Workers Salary Hike Were Arrested

HYDERABAD: Demanding immediate end to sanitary workers strike, Telangana Congress leaders today staged a dharna at the main entrance of Telangana Secretariat. The protesting Congress leaders, who were demanding that the government extend salary hike to GHMC sanitary workers in the entire state, were taken into custody by police for disrupting free movement of officials and staff into the Secretariat.

Speaking on the occasion, Opposition Leader Jana Reddy expressed displeasure at the Rao’s government for being undemocratic towards the strike of the sanitary workers.

Demanding withdrawal of ousting orders, the senior Congress leader reprimanded the government for failing to focus on the issue, which was worsening the unhygienic conditions that may spread diseases.

Reddy asked the government to extend salary hike to all sanitary workers in the state. Though the sanitation workers are on the warpath for the past 11 days, the government remained adamant to resolve the issue, he alleged.

Reddy slammed Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao for giving an ultimatum to striking workers, who failed to resume duties. He made a veiled swipe at the chief minister for making an announcement to hike salaries only to workers under GHMC purview. The Congress will intensify protests if the government failed to resolve the issue by Friday evening, he warned.

TPCC Chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, former APCC Chief Ponnala Lakshmaiah, deputy floor leader, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Shabbir Ai, MP Hanumanth Rao, former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, former ministers Danam Nagender, Sridhar Babu and others staged protest. Meanwhile, the Left Parties and leaders of other parties went round the city enforcing bandh. (NSS)

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