RTC strike: Telangana govt decides to examine demands

RTC strike: Telangana govt decides to examine demands

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Hyderabad, Oct 22 : Telangana Government on Tuesday night has decided to examine other demands of the RTC workers unions, as the RTC workers unions have voluntarily withdrawn their demand for merger of RTC with the state government.

However, the indefinite strike by the 50,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation demanding mainly merger of the corporation with the government entered the 18th day today. To examine the demands, the RTC MD has appointed a committee with the RTC EDs and based on their report, the government has decided to submit a report to the High Court.
In the backdrop of the High Court’s directives on the RTC strike, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao held a review meeting with the officials at Pragati Bhavan here. The Trade Union leaders initially announced that they would come for talks if only the state government announced merger of the RTC with the government.

They said merger was their first priority. But during the hearing on the RTC strike in High Court, they said they would not insist on the merger of the RTC with the Government.

RTC trade Unions Counsel D Prakash Reddy, told in the court they never stated that they (Unions) would come for talks only when the demand of RTC merger with the government is met with. This is mentioned by Chief Justice in his orders.

With this, it is tantamount that the demand for the merger of RTC with the government had been forsaken.

The Court wanted the government to examine 21 demands as raised by the workers. In tune with the Court orders, examine those demands the CM instructed the officials in the meeting.

Based on the instructions given by the CM, Transport Commissioner Sunil Sharma who is also acting as the RTC MD had constituted a Committee with six members --ED T Venkateswara Rao is Chairman and EDs A Purushottam, C Vinod Kumar, E Yadagiri, V Venkateswarlu, Financial Advisor N Ramesh as members. The Committee will examine the 21 issues as directed by the High Court and submit a report to the RTC MD in a day or two.

The CM has inquired with the officials about the alternative arrangements made in the backdrop of the RTC strike. The CM has instructed the officials to give notification immediately to take 1000 Buses on rent. KCR said it was unethical on the part of BJP, Congress for extending support to the unlawful strike, which was instigated by the RTC workers Unions.

In the review meeting, the matter pertaining to writing letters to the PM, Central Surface transport Minister about the ruckus the state BJP leaders are making on the RTC had also come up for discussion.

Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Principal Secretaries Sunil Sharma, S Narsing Rao, transport Commissioner Sandeep Sultania, and RTC EDs participated. (UNI)