TSRTC strike enters 42nd day ; commuters suffer

TSRTC strike enters 42nd day ; commuters suffer

Agency News

Hyderabad, Nov 15 : Bike rallies, processions and dharnas marked the ongoing indefinite strike by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) Employees which entered the 42nd day on Friday.

The sufferings of commuters was unabated due to the strike.

Striking RTC employees took out bike rallies in various parts of the state in support of their demands. In Khammam, several RTC workers were taken into custody when they tried to gatecrash into the camp office of Transport Minister Puvada Ajay.

In Karimnagar district, scores of striking workers staged a dharna in front of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao residence in his native village Theegalagattupalli raising anti-CM and anti-government slogans. Police arrived at the scene and rounded up the protesting employees.

In Warangal and other parts of the state too, striking employees staged dharnas and took out rallies demanding that the government should invite union leaders for talks to end the stir.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is leading the strike, in a climb down has decided to temporarily withdraw the main demand seeking merger of the loss-making corporation with the government to enable negotiations to start to resolve the crisis.

Meanwhile, the High Court will resume on Monday the hearing on a petition challenging the Cabinet decision to privatise 5,100 RTC routes. (UNI)