Congress leader N Uttam Kumar Reddy (middle) speaking to the media.
Hyderabad, March 6: Congress has announced its support to Galreddy Harshvardhan Reddy in the biennial election to the Telangana Legislative Council from Mahbubnagar-Ranga Reddy-Hyderabad Teachers' constituency. Congress MP Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with TPCC Working President Mahesh Kumar Goud and other leaders, made the announcement at a press conference in Hyderabad.
Uttam Kumar Reddy highlighted Harshvardhan Reddy's 18 years of dedicated service to the teachers' fraternity. He said the founder of Progressive Recognised Teachers Union (PRTU) has the necessary capacity and experience to represent teachers in the Legislative Council.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also made several assurances to teachers and government staff. He stated that a Congress-led government would restore the old pension schemes by scrapping the CRS for teachers and other government employees, citing Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, and Himachal Pradesh as examples of where the scheme is already being implemented. He also promised that the contentious GO 317 would be scrapped immediately.
Moreover, the Congress MP announced that health cards would be issued to teachers of all residential schools and colleges, as well as those working with the KGBV schools. He promised to streamline promotions and transfers while ensuring that all teachers and government staff are paid their salaries on the 1st of every month. He also pledged that the next Congress government would fill all vacant posts of teachers and address issues like regular PRC and payment of DAs.
Uttam Kumar Reddy accused the current government of failing to honor promises made to contract lecturers and pledged that the Congress party would regularize all contract lecturers on a priority basis. Uttam Kumar Reddy highlighted the neglect and humiliation of teachers and their associations by the BRS government.
He said those elected as MLCs from the teacher's constituencies and aligned with the ruling party have neglected the interests and issues of teachers. He assured that Harshavardhan Reddy would fight for the rights of all teachers and work towards getting justice for them. Uttam Kumar Reddy appealed to all teachers in the Mahbubnagar-Ranga Reddy to vote for Harshvardhan Reddy.