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KCR’S Ultimatum to Striking GHMC Workers

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today expressed serious displeasure over GHMC outsourcing workers continuing their strike for the eighth consecutive day. KCR gave an ultimatum to the striking workers to withdraw their stir by evening and resume duties by Tuesday morning as usual.

The Chief Minister said that since outsourcing employees are not employees of the corporation,  they must offer services,  else they will be replaced by others. The Government will consider their demand for salary hike and others after a discussion with officials only when they resume duties keeping in view the  Ramzan and other festivals in the offing. The Government will press into service the Army, Police and other officials as an alternative to take up cleansing works, the Chief Minister warned. Caught in the trap of some trade unions, they are acting adamantly and abstaining form the duties, which amounts to dereliction of duty, he noted. KCR also mentioned that he had already announced some time ago that he will consider to increase their salaries as they are getting  meager amount.

            In a press communiqué here on Monday, the chief minister who held a high level review meeting with labor minister N Narsimha Reddy, Excise Minister Padma Rao Goud and GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar at Camp office, termed the strike as unwarranted. Though the chief minister is considering a hike in salaries, the workers are adamant and causing much inconvenience to the people by being absent, a CMO release said.(NSS)