TSRTC strike enters 51st day

TSRTC strike enters 51st day

Agency News

Hyderabad, Nov 24: The strike by more than 48,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation entered its 51st day on Sunday badly affecting the normal life.

The striking employees continued their different forms of protests in support of their demands while thousands of people were seen stranded at bus stations and stops across the state as bulk of RTC buses remained off the roads. There is hectic speculation that the government was likely to issue notification probably next week to privatise 5,100 RTC routes. The Cabinet had recently decided to allow private operators to ply buses on 5,100 of the 10,480 RTC routes.

The High Court too upheld the Cabinet decision to privatise 5,100 RTC routes after rejecting a petition challenging the cabinet decision.

The Joint Action Committee, which is spearheading the strike, had announced recently that the striking employees would resume their duties if the government created a conducive atmosphere but the government is yet to respond to the JAC offer.

The RTC employees had begun their indefinite strike on October 5 pressing for their demands, including merger of the loss-making corporation with the government. (UNI)