Hyderabad, Nov 29 : Joyous scenes were seen at depots all over Telangana on Friday when the jubilant employees turned up since early morning to join their duties after nearly two months of agony and uncertainty.
Till a couple of days ago, worried Telangana Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees were seen requesting the authorities to permit them to rejoin their duty after the 52-day-old strike was called off on Monday but the Corporation did not allow them stating that the strike was illegal and steps would be taken after the Labour Commissioner's decision.
Women conductors who came to join duties were seen weeping uncontrollably when they were not allowed to resume duty. Some workers even ended their lives earlier depressed over the uncertainty.
After the magnanimous announcement of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday that the employees could join duties from Friday morning, the depots presented a different picture today with the workers hugging each other with joy.
The workers were seen distributing sweets, performing poojas and breaking coconuts in front of the buses before they began the scheduled trips. Some workers vented their anger blaming the unions for their misery and hardships over the last two months.
The employees vowed to work hard especially in view of the Chief Minister's efforts to pull the loss-making Corporation out of the red. Meanwhile, Mr Chandrashekar Rao will interact with the RTC employees, five each from 97 depots from the state on Sunday.
TSRTC interim Managing Director Sunil Sharma has been asked to arrange transport facilities for the employees invited for Sunday's meeting. The end of the RTC ordeal has also come as a big relief for lakhs of daily commuters. (UNI)