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Telangana Govt. toughens stand on RTC striking employees

TSRTC employees staging a protest at Gun Park near Assembly in Hyderabad on Sunday.

TSRTC employees staging a protest at Gun Park near Assembly in Hyderabad on Sunday.  

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CM says no scope for further talks or taking back the striking employees

Toughening the stand on striking employees of the State-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has announced that the government was unwilling to compromise on its stand under any circumstances and there would be no further talks with the striking unions of the TSRTC.

The government has said a firm no to taking back the employees who did not join the duties before the deadline set by the government and went ahead with their strike.

“There are just 1,200 employees left in the TSRTC as of now,” the Chief Minister said. He directed the officials concerned to hire 2,500 buses as an immediate measure while another 4,114 private buses could be deployed as stage carriers. Officials concerned were already holding discussions with the private managements in this direction.

The Chief Minister, who held an elaborate review meeting on the situation arising out of the TSRTC strike, which entered the second day on Sunday, termed the employees decision as “serious mistake” and asserted that there was no question of merger of the TSRTC with the government.

“The government is firm against budging to blackmail tactics and is not willing to tolerate indiscipline on the part of the RTC employees,” he averred.

Speedy recruitment

The Chief Minister wanted the officials concerned to speed up recruitment of drivers and only such employees who give an undertaking that they would not join in union activities should be given appointments.

The new recruits would have to undergo probation and the officials concerned should identify the strength of the employees who went on strike, cadre-wise, so that recruitment could be taken up accordingly.

The meeting resolved to take steps to ensure that the total fleet strength comprised 50% of TSRTC-owned buses and the remaining 50 % private buses. This would ensure that the fund-starved corporation would recover from its losses speedily and return to profits and the officials concerned were directed to take steps to ensure that the situation returns to normalcy within 15 days.

“The government should strike a balance between the government and private participation so that it will be beneficial to the State in the longer-term,” he said.

Committee formed

The government had constituted a committee headed by Transport Secretary Sunil Sharma with senior officials of the TSRTC and Transport Department as members to study the situation and submit a report at the earliest. “The TSRTC has been posing problems to the government since the past 40 years and there is a need to find a permanent solution to the issue,” he said.

The State made rapid strides since its formation, but issues like those relating to the TSRTC were turning out as tools to “blackmail” the government.

The ongoing strike by the RTC staff was “illegal and irresponsible” and steps should be taken so that the State benefits in the longer run.

He recalled that there were no RTCs in other states like Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh while they were nominally present in some other States. “Is it necessary for the staff to go on strike when the government is taking care of them in all respects?” the Chief Minister questioned.

The Chief Minister dismissed the request from a section of political parties for convening an all-party meeting to discuss about the merger of the TSRTC into the government as “irrational”. “Did the CPI (M) allow merger of RTC into the government when it was at the helm of affairs in West Bengal and Kerala. Have the BJP-ruled States taken a similar step?” he asked adding that these parties had no right to make requests in this direction.

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