T-JAC The political joint action committee of Telangana state, which is described as the wheel of struggles for separate Telangana state till it was achieved, on Sunday got into the revival mode holding its first broad-based meeting with member organisations to carry on struggles post-State formation.
The T-JAC met under the chairmanship of academic M. Kodandaram at a function hall near Nacharam to chalk out strategies for “people-centric development of Telangana” on the basis of democracy and social justice.
The organisation which was the brainchild of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and had the participation of TRS, BJP, CPI-ML (New Democracy) and also TDP, for sometime initially, no longer has the support of any of these political parties and the unions representing gazetted officers, non-gazetted officers and Class IV employees which were the backbone of an intense strike that crippled administration in the combined State.
The T-JAC held an extended general body meeting to pass six resolutions demanding regularisation of services of contract and outsourced employees, wage hike for government staff and lifting restriction on employees appearing before the Electricity Regulatory Commission during public hearings on power tariff proposals.
Three other resolutions include the demand that power should be bought from the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation and not from private power generators, recognition of the services of Telangana martyrs and spend Rs. 100 crore earmarked for welfare of advocates on eligible. Addressing the participants, Mr. Kodandaram said they would strive for a ‘social Telangana’, a State where social justice would be the ultimate objective and continue to remain as a voice of Telangana people. It was unfortunate that the government was yet to address the drought issue in the State though it had assumed alarming proportions, he said and wanted a halt to open-cast mining, revival of the sugar factory in Bodhan of Nizamabad district and the Sirpur Paper Mills in Kagaznagar.