Telangana

TNGOs ready to hold talks with govt.

Committed to employees, they say

The Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association has expressed its solidarity with the agitating employees of the State-owned Road Transport Corporation and urged the government to redress the grievances of the striking staff at the earliest.

TNGOs Association president K. Ravinder Reddy gave this assurance to the representatives of the joint action committee of the TSRTC employees union that called on him on Tuesday. He said the decision to support the TSRTC strike which entered the 11th day on Tuesday was taken after the association office bearers discussed the issue threadbare.

He described the death of two agitating RTC workers during the course of agitation as painful and said announced the association’s decision to take up the issue related to the demands raised by the agitating RTC employees with Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi soon. He recalled how the government had given 44% fitment and 16% interim relief to the TSRTC staff in the past and said the government should take the initiative to resolve the ongoing impasse in the same spirit.

Mr. Ravinder Reddy lamented that the recent meeting of the TNGOs Association with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao gave rise to doubts in a section of the people, but there was no scope for any apprehensions regarding the commitment of the association to the cause of the employees. The association had discussed about the issues facing the employees, including the delay in the announcement of the pay revision, during the meeting with the Chief Minister.

The association would meet on Wednesday to discuss and chalk out its future course of action in this direction and this would be followed by a meeting with the Chief Secretary. The association, he averred, would standby the agitating TSRTC staff and it was prepared to hold discussions with the government for resolving the demands raised by the agitating employees.

TNGOs Association secretary Mamata said the NGOs would participate in the action plan announced by the agitating workers in support of their demands. JAC president T. Ashwathama Reddy explained the situation that culminated in the indefinite strike launched by the TSRTC staff to the TNGOs Association.

He said the government owed ₹ 2,400 crore dues to the corporation while it had not taken up any new recruitments since past few years.

There was no response from the government to the strike notices served by the employees unions and the strike was part of efforts to ensure survival of the corporation and protection of employees’ interests.

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