Amaravati: Police have denied permission for government employees' 'Chalo Vijayawada' programme on February 3. The call for the march was given by 'PRC Sadhana Samiti', the joint action committee of all employees' associations.
Vijayawada police commissioner Kanti Rana Tata said they have denied permission in view of the pandemic situation. He said such a program would lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases, affecting the families of the employees as well.
As per the guidelines issued by the state and central governments, any program with a gathering of 200 should not be allowed. "We have been witnessing COVID-19 cases in the city. 'Chalo Vijayawada' program was expected to witness the participation of over 5,000 employees. So we decided not to give permission," the Commissioner said.
Prohibitory orders under section 30 of the Police Act and section 144 CrPC were imposed to prevent the assembly of people in the city.
Trade unions had announced `Chalo Vijayawada' to press for their demands including implementation of minimum basic, HRA, and DA 11th PRC and regularization of contractual employees.