Talks between Andhra Pradesh government and striking Non-Gazetted Officers Association, to end the ongoing indefinite strike by government employees, did not bear fruit as the latter vowed to continue agitation against proposed bifurcation of the state.
The talks between the government and the APNGOs association failed even as Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy sought to assure them that he would not let the state be divided as long as he remained the CM.
Reddy held talks for over three hours with the APNGOs association leaders at the state Secretariat here this afternoon to end the impasse, caused due to the indefinite strike by government employees in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, launched on August 12 in protest against the proposed bifurcation of the state.
"The chief minister requested us to call off the strike to avoid inconvenience to the people. He assured us that he would not let the state be divided as long as he
remained the Chief Minister. But we told him that the strike will continue till a specific assurance was given on the bifurcation issue," NGOs Association leader U Murali Krishna told mediapersons after the meeting.
The NGOs association said it would discuss the government's proposal with its general body and take a decision on ending the strike.
"We will get back to the Cabinet sub-committee in a day or two after discussing the issue with our general body," Murali Krishna added.
The chief minister requested the employees to bear in the mind the cyclone threat to the coastal region and withdraw the strike to meet any emergency.
The NGOs association, however, assured the chief minister that employees of revenue, panchayat raj and other departments concerned would take part in relief and rescue operations in case of cyclone despite being on strike, its president P Ashok Babu said.
The association requested the chief minister to lead a delegation of employees to New Delhi to present their concerns to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others over the proposed bifurcation of the state.