On the grounds of the Telangana Assembly building, Congress party workers staged a protest demanding compensation for the victims of recent floods. The protesters, armed with placards and raising slogans, attempted to lay siege to the assembly, but police intervention led to their detention and escort to a nearby police station.
Demand for Compensation
The protesters were united in their demand for the state government to provide Rs 50 lakh compensation to the families of those who tragically lost their lives in the recent floods. They also pressed for a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to be extended to those whose homes were ravaged by the devastating floods.
Flood Havoc in Telangana
The northern region of Telangana witnessed heavy rainfall and severe flooding, causing extensive damages and the unfortunate loss of more than 40 lives.
This marked the second consecutive day that Congress party workers aimed to lay siege to the Assembly premises. The day before, Youth Congress workers had staged their own protest, urging the government to address employment issues and fulfill promises of providing allowances to the unemployed.
Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) Join the Protest
In addition to the Congress workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) participated in the assembly area and were subsequently apprehended by the police. The ANMs, who have been engaged on a contractual basis for the past 16 years, are seeking the regularization of their services. Police took ANMs into preventive custody in various parts of the state, including undivided Nalgonda district.
Ongoing Assembly Session and Bill Reintroduction
The Assembly session is expected to continue until August 6. The state government has indicated its intention to reintroduce and pass three bills that had previously received Assembly approval but were subsequently returned by the Governor. A meeting held on July 31st saw the state Cabinet expressing dissatisfaction over the Governor’s decision to reject the bills, alleging that the Central government is leveraging the Governor’s office for political purposes. The three bills pertain to matters of municipal administration, panchayat, and education.
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