Sakala Janula Samme: Telangana Springing Back to Normalcy

Publish Date:Oct 19, 2011

sakala janula samme 19 0ctober 2011, singareni coal workers strike, telangana general strike, telangana schools colleges reopened, telangana teachers call off strike, apsrtc called off strike, separate telangana agitation 19 0ctoberAfter 35 days of Sakala Janula Samme,  life in the Telangana region is springing back to normalcy. Much to the relief of students and their worried parents, the schools and colleges that were shut in support of a separate Telangana reopened on Tuesday.

Over 40,000 schools re-opened across Telangana, comprising 10 districts including Hyderabad, as 200,000 teachers returned to work. Officials said 5.2 million students attended the schools on the first day after the strike. While private schools and colleges and government-run schools have re-opened, the government-run junior colleges are likely to resume classes from Wednesday. The leaders of lecturers at junior colleges, on Tuesday, held talks with Education Minister Partha Sarathi. They decided to withdraw the strike after consultations with Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the movement for a separate state.

The government teachers withdrew the strike after talks with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday night. The government agreed to all their demands except formation of Telangana state saying the issue does not come under its purview. The development followed JAC's decision to exempt educational institutions from the strike. Private schools, colleges, technical and professional education institutes also reopened across Telangana. The managements of these institutions said they would run classes on Saturdays and other holidays to make up for the loss of school days during the strike. The government had threatened to derecognise educational institutions which failed to reopen from Tuesday. The development came as a big relief to parents. JAC was also under pressure to exempt educational institutions in view of concerns that students may lose the academic year.

After more than a month, coal production resumed in the state-run Singareni coal mines on Tuesday. Coal workers in 50 mines spread over four districts of Telangana returned to work after unions decided to "temporarily" call off their strike around midnight Monday. JAC convenor M. Kodandaram announced an end to the strike after talking to the management of the company on behalf of the unions. The management agreed to treat the strike period as special leave, pay a festival advance and promised to take back cases registered against the strikers. The resumption of coal production in Singareni after 35 days has come as a huge relief to six states including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka which were reeling under electricity shortage.

With the employees of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corp (APSRTC) withdrawing their 28-day strike on Saturday, it is only the government employees in Telangana that are continuing the strike. The government is hopeful of an early breakthrough in the talks with the employees' unions.