The members of A.P. Private Bus workers Welfare Association staged a protest to highlight their problems.
The workers formed a human chain at PWD Grounds and later submitted a memorandum to Deputy Transport Commissioner here on Monday.
On the occasion, association honorary president Kommareddi Pattabhiram said that about 60,000 people were dependent on private buses in the State. Many of them were living in precarious conditions.
And many lost their livelihood as the RTA officials were cancelling the bus permits.
The workers have come on to roads as the permits for buses which are in working condition were also being cancelled.
The workers were being abused by the RTA officials under the pretext of bus checking.
The RTA higher ups were requested to see that these incidents would not recur in future, he said.
The transport workers express their deep condolences to the people who died in road accidents like Palem one. But, the workers should not be subjected to harassment due to such accidents.
The workers were facing hardships as there were no insurance and medical facilities to the workers and their family members in the private transport sector. The workers came on to roads due to seizure of the buses and unwarranted inspections. The drivers and cleaners were not in a position to provide a square meal to their families, he said.
Association leaders Shanmukha Rao, Nani, Satish, Shivaji, Prasad, and Raja were present.