Is Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy turning into a points-man for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy? Looking at the way he handled the AP government employees union and convince them to drop the idea of going on strike, makes it clear that he is turning into the Man-Friday for Jagan! Despite not giving any assurance about pay revision as well as other demands, Sajjala managed to keep the employees silent, at least for the time being.
The state government adviser for media held discussions with the employees on the Pay Recommendation Committee (PRC) issues. The state government held talks with the employees' associations’ leaders for finding a solution to the PRC issue. Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath and Sajjala and GAD Chief Secretary Shashi Bhushan Kumar held discussions with the employees’ union leaders in the Secretariat for more than seven hours.
Buggana and Sajjala discussed in detail, including fitment and HRA issues. The government tried to explain the financial situation of the government to the employees. However, the unions said the report of the secretaries’ committee was not acceptable to them and demanded that the 11th PRC be implemented accordingly. Later they met Jagan and briefed him on the progress of talks with the employees’ leaders. Sajjala said the government was keen on resolving the PRC issue at the earliest and taking measures ensuring that there should be some increase in wages of the employees.
Finally, after numerous meetings with the state government, the employees’ associations have decided to call off their agitation temporarily with the government promising to look into their demands positively and resolve them in a time-bound manner. Speaking to reporters, AP JAC Chairman Bandi Srinivas and AP JAC Amaravati Chairman Bopparaju Venkateswarulu announced their decision to call off their agitation as the government agreed to give a written assurance on resolving all their 71 demands.
‘Though the CM is generous, decline in revenues due to the Covid pandemic, implementation of programmes for the poor and downtrodden and delay in getting funds from the Union government hit the state finances hard. Against such a backdrop, there is no possibility of fixing fitment at 34 per cent as demanded by some of the employees’ unions,’ Sajjala pointed out and added, ‘At the same time, we will protect the interests of employees.’