“There are financial problems. Our needs are simple and limited and yet we are not in a position to meet the expenditure,” said TJAC chairman M Kodandaram. “But, I think we should not expect anything from the government,” he added with a sense of resignation.
However, there are many leaders in TJAC who feel otherwise and urge the government to support the organisation. “It is the harsh reality that TJAC has been rendered shelterless in the new regime. The fact is that we could not pay the rent for the month of October,” said Pittala Ravinder, co-convener of TJAC.
The TJAC was housed in a flat in the New MLA Quarters in Adarsh Nagar before the state’s bifurcation. As the flat went to an MLA from Andhra Pradesh after 2014 elections, the TJAC had to vacate it. Repeated pleas to the Telangana government did not help the TJAC to get an office premises, and finally it moved to a two-room rented flat in a commercial complex in September. The organisation has to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 30,000. P Madhusudan Reddy, president of Inter JAC, paid the rent for the first month, but, thereafter no donor came forward.
“During the Telangana movement, there were hectic activities and donations would flow in. Now, it is a crunch-like situation,” said Kodandaram.
In a greater distress, however, is office assistant Bandi Yadgiri, who is the only paid employee of the TJAC. Yadgiri has been working as the office assistant in the TJAC since its inception in 2009. While he got his salary regularly during the statehood movement, the payment became irregular since June 2014, when Telangana state was formed. And he did not get salary since June 2015.
“We could not pay salary to Yadgiri in the past four months. The government should employ people like Yadgiri,” said Ravinder.