Nudged by the government, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has decided to keep in abeyance the orders notified earlier on Tuesday for terminating the services of 675 drivers and 680 conductors working on contract.

After an hour-long meeting at the corporation's headquarters with senior executives including Managing Director B. Prasada Rao on Wednesday, Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana told presspersons that the decision was being kept on hold considering the fact that the contract workers had gone on strike heeding to a call given by the political Joint Action Committee.

The plans drawn up to regularise the services of 1,248 drivers and 1,651 conductors, also on contract, strictly on the basis of their seniority continued.

Instructions have also been issued to Regional Managers across Telangana including the State capital to take up emergency recruitment of drivers and conductors.

The management was able to manage operations of 3.09 per cent on the third day of the strike, as against 2.14 per cent on Tuesday. In the twin cities, 397 services were run, while 30 were operated in Khammam and three in Adilabad, a majority of them by using hired drivers, said the corporation's Executive Director-Human Resources Development and Secretary to the Board, G.V. Ramana Rao.

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