Seemandhra employees call off strike after two months

Hyderabad, Oct 17 (IANS) The government employees from Seemandhra Thursday decided to call off their indefinite strike to oppose the central government's decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

Leaders of various associations of employees agreed to call off the strike after talks with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

State ministers Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and P. Satyanarayana announced after the talks that the employees would attend their duties from Friday.

They said the associations agreed to call off their 65-day-long strike following some assurances given by him to address their concerns.

Over 400,000 government employees of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) were on strike since Aug 12 to oppose the decision to bifurcate the state.

The strike had crippled the state administration in all 13 districts of the two regions.

Over 200,000 teachers and employees of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) last week called off their strike.

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