President of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) Employees Union, N.A. Khan on Saturday said that absence of efforts on the part of the management to increase the fleet of vehicles in tune with the requirement was resulting in hardship to commuters.

Addressing delegates meeting of the 23 State Meet at the port stadium here, he said that various surveys pointed out that as many as 28,000 new vehicles were needed to meet the requirement of the commuters. But there were no efforts from the management side in this direction. Also, no steps were taken to fill up regular vacancies and instead contract workers were being employed. This would finally result in privatisation of RTC, he alleged, asserting that the meet would formulate appropriate steps to set things right.

General Secretary of the union K. Padmakar pointed out that there was time when the pay and perks of RTC employees were more than the Government employees. The situation was reversed now. Employees Union was prepared to launch any struggle to get salaries on par with the Government employees. If the recognised union failed to act in this direction, the Employees Union would go for direct action, he said. K.V.S.N. Raju, MLA (Chodavaram) said that all unions should endeavour to see that RTC continued as a public sector undertaking. He assured to raise all issues concerning employees at the appropriate time in the Assembly.

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