Plans for celebrations are in full swing as the State readies itself to celebrate the second Telangana State Formation Day. On the sidelines, protests are on claiming that the government of Telangana has diluted its promise of providing jobs for the kin of Telangana martyrs by not including names of several eligible families.
It was only in the beginning of the month that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao promised that one member of each family that had lost a person of their family during the Telangana movement would be given a job. A GO to this effect was also promptly released. This is in addition to the 10 lakhs, a house and cultivable land promised.
Till now around 459 families received the financial assistance. However pro- Telangana organizations say that the number that they have is 1400, and the martyrs of 1969 and 2009-2014 need to be added to the list. According to reports around 369 activists were killed in police firing during 1969 movement. While the numbers itself are quite confusing with Joint Action Committee saying that the benefits must reach atleast 1200 families, there are other factors that need to be considered.
There are thousands of students who were crippled during the agitations and thousands more who have lost their academic year and a lot of them missed out on an opportunity to get a government job. The members of Unemployed Telangana JAC say that if these students are not included in the job scheme, then it would translate to injustice meted out to them.