No Need For Protests: Srinivas Yadav to Opposition Parties

HYDERABAD: While all other political parties extending support to the sanitary workers’ agitation and the Left parties today enforcing statewide bandh demanding salary hike to sanitation workers all over the state, the state government is yet to take a final call.

On being cornered by the opposition parties, the state government was toying with an idea to find an amicable solution to the ongoing strike by seven trade unions.

Reacting to the bandh, Commercial Tax Minister Srinivas Yadav expressed surprise over these parties taking to the streets. “I could not understand as to why the political parties are resorting to a state protest,” he asked at a news conference at Secretariat. He made these remarks when the left parties called for a statewide bandh, and the Congress leaders storming the nerve center for extension of salaries hike to all those sanitary workers across the state.

He alleged that the previous government paid just 6,500 rupees to sanitation staff, which is hiked now. The minister clarified that the government did not remove any worker so far, and only a statement was made. He said no staff participated in the protests organized by the opposition parties.

Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao was kind enough to the issue and made an announcement hiking salaries, he said. With this, 24,494 workers will benefit and 900 drivers under GHMC purview. However, he did not deny the need for extension of the salary hike to others. The government may take a decision to resolve the issue, he categorically stated.

Unmindful of 200-crore rupees burden on the exchequer, the chief minister hiked as much as 47.5 percent of salaries for the sanitation staff, which was not expected by anyone, he said. Since the sanitation staff was happy now with the hike of 4,000 rupees each, there was no meaning in the protests by the opposition parties, he rebutted.

“KCR kept his promise made during swacch Hyderabad that he would cater to the needs of sanitary workers. The CM was trying to address the issues of the government employees, RTC and GHMC workers now,” he said.

Later, Srinivas Yadav convened a meeting with the GHMC officials on the issue. (NSS)

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