Teachers in Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal areas of Andhra are collectively known, have decided to join the indefinite strike by the government employees in Andhra Pradesh to oppose the state’s bifurcation. The move will intensify the agitation.
Over four lakh employees continued to stay away from their duties as the protest entered its second week. About 2.5 lakh teachers will join the protest which will paralyse the schools in the region.
The normal life in 13 districts of Seemandhra continued to be hit by the protests and the strike. Over 12,000 buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) remained off the roads for the eighth consecutive day.
Seemandhra employees of state secretariat have also decided to go on an indefinite strike from Sep 2. The leaders of the employees will serve strike notice on Wednesday overlooking the essential service maintenance act.
The employees had been staging protests to oppose state’s division but had not formally joined the strike by their counterparts in Seemandhra.
Their strike will completely bring to halt the work in the seat of governance. The employees Tuesday staged a protest on the secretariat premises. Wearing black T-shirts, they raised slogans of in support of united Andhra.
To counter the protests by Seemandhra employees, their counterparts from Telangana region decided to conduct a peace rally at the state secretariat on Thursday.