Keshava Rao urges RTC unions to end strike, come for talks

K. Keshava Rao

K. Keshava Rao  

Talks only if there is a call from the Chief Minister, says TSRTC-JAC leader

Rajya Sabha member from the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), K. Keshava Rao, has appealed the striking employees of TSRTC to call off their strike before things go out of their hands and sit with the government to sort out the issues.

In a statement issued by Mr. Rao on Monday, he said he was deeply paid at the deaths of two RTC employees and stated that self-immolation or suicide is not a solution to any problem. He reminded the striking employees that it was the TRS government that was very much considerate to their problems and had given 44% increment and 16% interim relief. Welcoming the government decision against privatising the public sector transport entity, he requested it to consider the RTC employees demands other than the one for the merger of the organisation with the government. He noted that there is a lot of difference between a State and public undertaking run under the control of a government.

He stated that social control was always preferred over State control as the government is not a commercial organisation and added that no vested party can dictate policy formulations to an elected government. He suggested the striking employees to view the three-tier arrangement being considered by the government with 50% RTC, 30% stage carriages and 20% private vehicles as an experiment against the backdrop of sagging conditions of bus transport in the country. Further, he stated that at no point of time the manifesto committee of TRS headed by him had considered the merger of RTC with the government. Responding to the TRS MP's suggestion, TSRTC-JAC co-convenor K. Raji Reddy said they would welcome the move if Mr. Keshava Rao is ready to mediate. He however made it clear that they would come for talks only if there was a call from the Chief Minister.

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