Power strike called off for now

About 30,000 regular and 15,000 contractual employees had joined the strike.

Written by Express News Service | Hyderabad | Published: October 11, 2013 1:02 am

The Electricity Employees Joint Action Committee on Thursday called off its strike,which began on Saturday against the Union Cabinet’s decision to carve out Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.

The withdrawal of the strike came as a relief to the people of coastal and Rayalseema districts who have been reeling under severe power outages for the last few days.

“In view of the hardships the strike is causing to the people and the approaching cyclone,we have decided to withdraw the strike for now,” said T Sai Baba,the convenor of the committee.

Even though the employees group had resumed their strike on Wednesday morning,power supply was restored in most of the districts. There were no power cuts after 1 pm Wednesday.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy spoke to the striking employees once again on Thursday and reportedly talked tough. “We will continue with our agitation,but in other ways. We have temporarily withdrawn the strike. Power supply will be resumed with immediate effect and we will all resume duties from Friday morning,” Sai Baba added.

About 30,000 regular and 15,000 contractual employees had joined the strike which caused blackouts in the 13 Coastal and Rayalaseema districts.

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