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TSRTC Legal notice to Allu Arjun

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The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation is about to send a legal notice to Stylish star Allu Arjun. TSRTC gave an official statement in this regard. Details as follows.

Allu Arjun recently acted in an ad for Rapido app. Passengers can book a bike ride through this app. Allu Arjun was seen as chef at local tiffin centre in this ad. He advises a passenger to book ride on rapido app instead of waiting for bus. In the background, RTC bus with overload of passengers was seen. Allu Arjun was also seen commenting that if you travel by that bus, you will be crushed by the crowds as if a normal dosa becomes a masala dosa.

This ad angered TSRTC employees as well as the management. TSRTC managing director Sajjanar gave a statement that RTC is helping and serving people and it is not right for celebrities to tarnish its image. He also requested celebrities not to indulge in ads that demean the institutions that are serving common man. We need to wait and see how Allu Arjun responds on this controversy.

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Sinking TSRTC goes in for Vastu makeover of its headquarters

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The Telangana Government is clearly looking at privatizing the TSRTC, phase out buses, sell out unused properties and may even implement VRS and CRS to make it lean and effective. This is a good move considering the transport behemoth is fast becoming a difficult-to-manage dinosaur. But, at a time when the spending is being cut, why is the TSRTC spending money on altering and improving the vastu of the RTC Bhavan?

The RTC authorities have stopped using the main gate that leads to the RTC Bhavan from the Sandhya theatre side. Now they are using a small entrance from the rear side. The rear side is the Northeastern side, while the gate on the RTC Crossroads-Vidyanagar road is South. A south facing entrance is being touted as bad vastu and is being held responsible for the losses in the RTC.

Even the vehicles are being allowed only from the northeastern side. Even VC Sajjanar came from this direction at the time of taking the charge. At a time when plans are afoot to downsize the organization, what good these vastu measures will bring, ask some rationalists.

However, the officials are quick to add that Sajjanar has nothing to do with the vastu measures. They said that these changes were proposed long time ago and that they were only implemented when Sajjanar was announced as the managing director of the TSRTC. He said that the implementation of the measures have no linkage to Sajjanar’s appointment.

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Why did Puvvada Ajay skip Bajireddy Govardhan’s swearing-in as RTC chief?

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Normally where would be the state transport minister when the chairperson of the state transport corporation takes charge? Naturally, the minister would be by the side of the new chairperson. Not just that, he would be the first to congratulate and if possible hug the chairperson.

But, when senior politician and MLA Bajireddy Govardhan took charge as the chairperson of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), State Transport Minister Ajay Puvvada was conspicuous by his absence. He participated in several small programmes in his constituency. The biggest of them was the inauguration of a shopping mall with a young starlet.

Why did the Minister skip RTC chairperson’s swearing in? Sources say that all is not well between Ajay and Govardhan. In fact, according to sources, Ajay tried to stall Govardhan’s appointment and left no stone unturned. But, he could do nothing as the CM had appointed Bajireddy Govardhan. He then tried to delay the installation ceremony, but to no avail.

It is being said that a lady legislator from Nizamabad and a minister have played a key role in the appointment of Govardhan. Sources say that in the absence of a chairperson, the minister had a free run. With Govardhan’s arrival, his powers would be curtailed. That, according to sources, is the reason for Ajay’s disappointment.

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TSRTC restores 100 per cent services in Greater Hyderabad

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The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) restored 100 per cent services in Greater Hyderabad Zone from Tuesday.

With the reopening of educational institutions, TSRTC authorities decided to operate 100 per cent buses in and around the state capital.

The state-owned transport body will operate 1,286 TSRTC buses and 265 hired buses every day. According to officials, these buses will be making 18,478 trips covering 4.25 lakh km in Greater Hyderabad Zone (GHZ).

The bus services connect various parts of Hyderabad and surrounding villages and mandals.

TSRTC officials said since schools re-opened from September 1 and other business-related activities were returning to normal, they decided to resume 100 per cent bus services.

The cash-strapped TSRTC has been operating partial services for more than a year. Only 50 per cent of the buses were being operated since June 20 this year after the lifting of the 39-day lockdown.

TSRTC buses had remained off the roads in the city for six months last year. Though services resumed partially across the state in May last year after nearly two months due to the lockdown, the city services resumed only on September 25.

The pandemic caused a loss of Rs 2,600 crore to TSRTC, which was already making losses.

Lockdown, post-lockdown restrictions, drop in occupancy added to the losses. It tried to minimize the losses by launching parcel cargo and courier services.

Last month, the TSRTC’s per day revenue peaked at Rs 13.04 crore, the highest since the pandemic. The occupancy also reached 78 per cent, the highest in more than a year.

Before the pandemic, the transport body had 10,460 buses and it used to ferry a little over one crore people every day across the state. The daily revenue was over Rs 14 crore.

Greater Hyderabad Zone used to contribute Rs 3.2 crore to the transport entity’s overall daily revenue.

In the State Budget for 2021-22, TSRTC was allocated Rs 1,500 crore and the government also promised another Rs 1,500 crore through other resources like loans.

Of this the government has arranged Rs 1,000 crore as loans to pay salaries and meet other liabilities.

Recently, the TSRTC decided to purchase 280 new buses for Rs 100 crores.

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TSRTC pays salaries to staff with support from govt

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Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has paid salaries to its employees with the state government’s budgetary support.

TSRTC Managing Director Sunil Sharma stated that on the direction of the Transport Minister P. Ajay Kumar proper planning was done and enough savings were done and along with government budgetary support salaries were given to all the RTC employees.

He said TSRTC has improved its revenues to Rs 11 crore per day from Rs 2 crore during Covid time. Regular meetings were conducted and RTC staff was motivated to take up measures to improve the revenues of the corporation.

“Today on an average, we are earning around 11 crore revenue per day. During the Covid time the revenue had fallen to a low of around Rs.2 crore per day. A lot of measures were taken up like adopting new job security guidelines and continuous monitoring of the RTC, which has resulted in better position,” the MD said.

Sunil Sharma said adequate safety measures were taken to ensure that both passengers and staff were protected from coronavirus.

He said regular video conferences were conducted with RTC staff and directions were given thus improving the financial health. Around 32 crore was recently deposited in the GPF account of the employees.

Sharma said more such measures were being taken up to ensure that the RTC improves further.

The state government had last month finalized guidelines providing job security to TSRTC employees. The RTC employees, in the past, had brought to the notice of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao that the employees are being subjected to unnecessary harassment while discharging their duties on several occasions and they are also losing jobs.

Responding to this, the Chief Minister assured them that job security would be provided to the TSRTC employees without any harassment at work. As per the instructions from the CM, the RTC officials committee prepared the guidelines, which were accepted by the chief minister.

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Buses ahoy! TS & AP RTCs end stalemate over bus services

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The stalemate over the running of RTC buses between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has finally ended with the managing directors of the two state-owned corporations agreeing to resume the bus services between the two states. State-run bus services remained suspended since the last more than six months.

The two MDs of state-owned corporations have signed an MoU agreeing to restore inter-state bus services between the two states. Bus services remained suspended since March 24, since the complete lockdown was announced. Even after both the government’s eased lockdown regulations, bus services remained suspended as both the states had locked horns over the lucrative Vijayawada-Hyderabad sector. Hyderabad and Vijayawada route is one of the busiest routes in both the States. Telangana insisted that Andhra Pradesh must forego the profitable route operations.

As per the MoU signed on Monday by the MDs of TSRTC and APSRTC, TSRTC will run 826 buses across 1,61,258 km in AP, while APSRTC will operate 638 buses in Telangana across 1,60,999 km. On the Vijayawada route and beyond, TSRTC will operate across 52,944 km with 273 buses in AP, while APSRTC will run 192 buses across 52,524 km in Telangana.

The RTC MDs held several round of consultations, but were not fruitful. Since bifurcation, APSRTC has been operating buses on 2.5 lakh route kilometres in Telangana while TSRTC used to run buses on 1.5 lakh route km in AP.

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KCR rejects TSRTC’s ‘brand ambassador’ offer!

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The TSRTC’s plans to utilize the services of Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao as ‘brand ambassador’ to promote RTC bus services in Telangana were shattered after KCR outrightly rejected such a proposal.

Officials even decided to paint KCR’s pictures on RTC buses.

This news was prominently highlighted in the media.

Later, the CMO issued a release stating that, “There are reports circulated in a section of media that the TSRTC is planning to display photographs of Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao on the TSRTC Cargo Buses. However, the CM took an objection to these attempts. He said that his aim was to see that the TSRTC makes profits by transporting cargo through its buses and he has no intention of getting any publicity by it. This proposal is not at all agreeable by him, the CM said. The CM made it clear to the officials concerned that through the implementation of several programmes and schemes, services should be rendered to the people and his intention was not to get any cheap publicity. The CM’s Special Secretary Sri P Rajsekhar Reddy had sent a note to the TSRTC MD underlining the CM’s opinion and instructed clearly that the CM’s Photograph should not be displayed on the TSRTC Cargo Buses at all costs.”

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KCR is ‘brand ambassador’ of TSRTC from now!

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Normally celebrities like film stars, sportspersons act as brand ambassadors to endorse and promote various products and businesses. But Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has decided to promote RTC bus services in Telangana by utilizing the services of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as ‘brand ambassador’.

Accordingly, KCR will be the ‘brand ambassador’ for TSRTC.

The decision was revealed by Telangana transport minister Ajay Puvvada on Wednesday.

He said TSRTC will take up aggressive publicity campaign by using the photos and slogans of KCR to promote RTC bus services in Telangana.

The decision was apparently taken as KCR could successfully deal recent TSRTC strike, which went on for over 60-days in October and November.

KCR did not budge on the demands putforth by TSRTC unions for merger of TSRTC with Telangana state government like was done in Andhra despite facing severe backlash from various sections.

His tough stand finally paid off as RTC employees called off strike without achieving any demands.

KCR too reciprocated positively and showered various sops on RTC employees by inviting them for lunch at Pragathi Bhavan.

KCR increased bus fares and also allocated special funds to RTC due to which the TSRTC earned huge revenues within three months.

As KCR succeeded in putting RTC back on track, the corporation has decided to use the services of KCR as ‘brand ambassador’.

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KCR showers sops on TSRTC & employees!

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Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao showered sops on TSRTC and its employees. Holding his first meeting with RTC workers at Pragathi Bhavan today after RTC staff called off their 54-day long strike which led to bitter fight between KCR and RTC workers, the CM announced several sops for the strengthening of RTC and for the benefit of employees.

KCR announced increase in the retirement age of RTC workers from 58 years to 60 years besides Rs 1,000 crore funds to RTC in the State Annual Budget every year.

KCR has categorically said that employment security will be given to the TSRTC workers, not even one TSRTC employee will be sacked from the employment and not even one private bus will be permitted to operate even in a single RTC bus’s route. From next year on wards, Rs 1000 Crore will provided in the State Budget to the TSRTC. The CM desired that the RTC should become profitable in the next four months, every year it should earn Rs 1000 crore profit and the RTC employees should get Rs one Lakh annual bonus. The CM announced that the September salaries of the RTC employees and workers would be paid this Monday. He also announced that salaries for the strike period would also be paid at one go. The CM also announced that the RTC employees and workers retirement age is increased from 58 years to 60 years.

Five workers representatives from each depot from the 97 depots took part in the meeting. No unions or union leaders were called for the meeting as CM stated that he will not forgive employees unions and leaders who forced ‘illegal strike’ on RTC.

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KCR to form his ‘own force’ in TSRTC!

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After resolving 52-long TSRTC strike with a ‘masterstroke’ on Thursday, TRS supremo and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao has now set his eyes on finishing off employees unions in TSRTC.

KCR now wants to replace employees unions in TSRTC with his own force.

KCR has decided to set up Employees Welfare Council in each RTC depot.

These councils will come up in all the 97 depots belonging to TSRTC.

In each council, five members will be appointed as members, in which two will be women,

No need to say who will get these posts, if a ruling party decides to appoint them.

These five members in each depot will take care of respective depots in all the districts.

To begin with, KCR has decided to hold a meeting with employees of each depot on December 1 at Pragathi Bhavan.

Officials were directed to send five employees from each depot, with whom KCR will hold discussions on how to strengthen TSRTC.

RTC employees from all the 97 depots will have to attend the meeting.

KCR will host a lunch for these employees and will have lunch with them.

The aim of this meeting is to finish off RTC unions in TSRTC.

KCR wants no union to exist in TSRTC here after.

There will be only Employees Welfare Councils and the members in these councils will be selected by the government.

In this way, KCR wants to increase TRS hold on RTC by setting up his ‘own force’.

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KCR gives ‘happy ending’ to TSRTC strike

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Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday gave an ‘happy ending’ to the 52-day long strike observed by TSRTC employees.

Addressing a press conference at Pragathi Bhavan after the cabinet meeting held on Thursday, the CM announced to take back all the RTC employees back into jobs ‘unconditionally’.

The CM also announced increase in bus ticket fares by 20 paise per kilometer across all the TSRTC bus services to mobilise funds for the financially ailing corporation. The increased fares will come into effect from Monday.

KCR stated that the RTC will earn over Rs 800 crore per year with the hike in ticket fares.

The CM also announced Rs 100 crore for RTC to pay salaries for staff.

The staff were not paid salaries since September.

Over 48,000 RTC staff went on indefinite strike since October 5. They called off their strike after 52 days on November 25.

The government declared their strike as ‘illegal’ and announced that 48,000 staff lost their jobs due to their participation in the illegal strike.

Though CM gave three opportunities for staff to rejoin duties since the strike began, the staff ignored and continued the strike.

When the RTC unions announced withdrawal of strike on November 25 and announced to rejoin duties from November 26, the government refused to take them back saying that the matter is under the purview of the Labour Court and everyone has to wait till the court give its verdict.

Though several petitions were filed in the High Court over the issue, the HC dismissed all the petitions and referred the issue to the Labour court last week.

In between, KCR announced to privatise the RTC and the cabinet even approved to privatise 5,100 RTC routes.

However, all these decisions have been kept on hold now.

KCR took a ‘dramatic decision’ today restoring the jobs of all the striking staff ‘unconditionally’.

He even promised to give a job to one of family members of RTC staff who died or committed suicide during the strike.

Over 30 deaths were reported across the state during the strike.

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KCR convenes 2-day cabinet meet to decide the fate of RTC, staff

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Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a two-day cabinet meeting on Thursday and Friday to to decide the future course of action on TSRTC, in the wake of RTC JAC calling off 52-day long strike.

The cabinet is expected to take a ‘crucial decision’ on the fate of TSRTC and over 48,000 staff who went on 52-day strike, besides a decision on whether to take this staff back into duties or not or whether to privatise the corporation completely or partially.

The cabinet early this month had decided to privatise 5,100 RTC bus routes out of over 10,500 bus routes opereted by RTC.

Though this decision was challenged in the High Court, the court dismissed the petition saying that state government has powers to take a decision on privatisation of RTC routes as per the provisions of the new Motor Vehicle Act enacted by the Centre few months ago.

In this backdrop, the cabinet is expected to take a call on the privatisation of remaining routes, the role of RTC in the event of privatisation etc.

The cabinet is also expected to take a decision on the fate of over 48,000 RTC staff who went on strike for 52-days ignoring the deadlines given by the government to call off strike and rejoin duties.

The JAC had on Monday announced its decision to call off the 52-day long strike and rejoin duties from Tuesday.

However, the state government rejected JAC’s offer to rejoin duties on Tuesday saying that the issue of RTC strike is pending in the Labour Court and the government cannot take staff back into duties till the Labour Court gives its verdict. Last week, the High Court had directed Labour Court to resolve the strike within two weeks. The Labour Court is expected to give its verdict any time this week.

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TSRTC staff end strike, management says can’t take them back

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Hours after employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on Monday announced that they will return to work from Tuesday after their 52-day-long strike, the management of the state-owned body made it clear that it can’t take them back as the matter is pending before the Labour Commissioner.

TSRTC Managing Director Sunil Sharma said the decision by the employees, who were on an illegal strike, was legally not tenable and asked them to wait till the Labour Commissioner completes the process as per the direction of the Telangana High Court.

The official also warned the employees against creating law and order problems by preventing temporary workers from discharging their duties. He said a strict vigil would be maintained at the depots and bus stations and those violating the law would be dealt with firmly.

Sharma said the employees can’t go on strike and come back on duty whenever they like. He pointed out that the High Court has asked the Labour Commissioner to take a decision on the strike and that the TSRTC take future action as per his decision.

Stressing the need for restraint, he said the employees who were on illegal strike can’t return to work till the Labour Commissioner complete the process.

The High Court had last week asked the Labour Commissioner to decide whether to refer the matter to a Labour Court or not. The court refused to call the strike illegal but also declined to issue directions to the government to take back the employees.

Earlier, TSRTC employees’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Ashwathama Reddy announced that they were calling off the strike. He asked all the employees to return to duty from Tuesday. He appealed to the temporary drivers, conductors and other staff not to report for work as the regular employees have decided to end the strike.

Reddy said they would continue to press for their demands while discharging their duties. He said the employees would continue to fight to save TSRTC from privatisation. The TSRTC MD termed the JAC’s announcement ‘ridiculous’.

Nearly 50,000 employees were on strike since October 5 to press for various demands including the merger of TSRTC with the government. About 1,500 employees later returned to duty in response to an appeal by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

The longest strike in the history of RTC in the Telugu states saw the suicide of five employees while some others died of depression.

The JAC leaders alleged that the adamant stand of the government led to the death of 25 employees. The TSRTC has not paid salaries to the employees for September and October, causing distress to thousands of workers.

The chief minister not only rejected all the demands of the employees but claimed that they dismissed themselves by abstaining from work illegally.

In a move further angering the employees, the government announced privatisation of 5,100 TSRTC routes. The High Court last week dismissed a petition challenging the government’s decision.

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Telangana RTC employees call off strike after 52 days

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The employees of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) called off their 52-day long strike on Monday.

TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Ashwathama Reddy asked all the employees to report for duty from Tuesday. He appealed the temporary drivers, conductors and other staff not to report for duty as the regular employees have decided to end the strike.

Nearly 50,000 employees were on strike since October 5 to press for various demands, including the demand to merge TSRTC with the government. About 1,500 employees later returned to duty following an appeal by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

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Telangana HC’s green light for RTC privatisation

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The Telangana High Court on Friday dismissed a petition against the state government’s decision to privatise 5,100 routes of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC).

The court dismissed the Public Interest Litigation filed by Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) leader P. L Visweswara Rao, challenging the state cabinet’s decision to grant permits to private operators to buses on 50 per cent of TSRTC routes.

The judgement, which has paved the way for part privatization of TSRTC, has come as a shot in the arm for Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in the current standoff over the strike by TSRTC employees, which entered 48th day on Friday.

Though the striking employees have expressed their willingness to resume the work, they wanted the government to take them back without any conditions and restore the status which existed before they went on strike on October 5.

The government, however, made it clear on Thursday that given the serious financial crunch, it is not possible to run TSRTC the way it was being run.

A meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao till late Thursday discussed the situation in the wake of recent development and the willingness of the employees to end the strike.

The government, however, said it will decide the future course of action after the High Court pronounces its order on privatisation of TSRTC routes.

The High Court had earlier referred the issue relating to the strike to Labour Commissioner and refused to pass orders to the government either to hold talks with employees or take them back immediately.

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TSRTC JAC likely to call off strike today!

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TSRTC employees and workers who are on strike for the past 46 days are likely to call off their strike today.

TSRTC JAC has convened a meeting of various RTC unions at 5 pm today in Hyderabad to take a decision on the strike.

There is pressure on JAC leaders to call off strike from employees and workers especially after Telangana High Court making it clear yesterday (Monday) that it cannot give any directions to Telangana state government on RTC strike and referred the issue to the Labour Commissioner.

The Labour Commissioner has been directed to hold talks with RTC unions and resolve the strike within two weeks.

The Labour Commissioner will take a decision on referring the case to Labour Court, if talks with RTC unions fail.

Looking at these developments, RTC employees lost hopes that their demand would be met and are also worried that it may take more time if they continue to approach courts on this issue.

They already lost two months salary and with November also coming to an end, they would lose salary for the third month also. They are not in a position to lose their salaries anymore due to financial problems.

They realised that there is no scope for Telangana CM KCR softening his stand on RTC strike and he wants to fight this case in courts for any amount of time, if employees continue strike.

In this backdrop, the JAC leaders reportedly decidedly to call off their strike today.

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TS Govt rejects High Court proposal to end RTC strike!

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It seems that Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao is in no mood to take steps to end TSRTC strike, which entered 40th day today.

KCR directed officials not to accept High Court proposal to constitute a high level committee comprising of three retired Supreme Court judges to mediate between TS government and RTC unions to resolve the strike.

High Court mooted this proposal yesterday and sought TS government’s opinion on it.

Following the directions of KCR, the TS government officials filed an affidavit in High Court today expressing TS government reluctance to constitute a committee.

The government said in the affidavit that there was no need for another committee when the RTC strike is in the purview of Labour Court.

The goverment requested court to give directions to Labour Court to take a call on RTC strike as per the existing Acts and procedures.

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Violence during RTC employees’ march in Hyderabad

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Violence broke out during a protest by the employees of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), who are on strike, here on Saturday as hundreds of protestors managed to reach Hussain Sagar lake, defying police orders.

Police used batons and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the protestors who removed the barricades to enter Tank Bund, the road on the banks of the lake connecting the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Some protestors including the activists of various parties supporting the employees, were injured in the lathicharge.

Though the police had barricaded Tank Bund and surrounding roads since morning, the protestors took the police by surprise by entering Tank Bund from both sides. They broke the barricades, sat on the road and raised slogans against the government for not accepting the demands of the employees, who have been on strike for more than a month now.

The protestors including women also tried to rush the lower Tank Bund road from adjoining localities. Tension prevailed as the police chased the protestors and used tear gas. Rapid Action Force (RAP) personnel were deployed to tackle the situation.

BJP MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) president M. Kodandaram and leaders of Left parties, trade unions and student groups were arrested when they were heading towards Tank Bund.

Ashwathama Reddy, convenor of the employees’ Joint Action Committee (JAC), who called the march, was also arrested.

Tank Bund and other major roads surrounding Hussain Sagar lake were out of bounds for traffic since Saturday morning as police sealed the area to foil the march.

Tank Bund, Lower Tank Bund, Telugu Talli Flyover, Indira Park Road, Secretariat Road, Necklace Road, Khairatabad Flyover and all other roads leading to the lake were sealed by the police, which has denied permission for the protest. Hundreds of policemen were deployed around the lake to prevent protestors from reaching the area, a popular picnic spot.

NTR Park, Lumbini Park, Indira Park and Sanjivaiah Park around Hussain Sagar were closed for visitors as a precautionary measure.

The JAC of the TSRTC employees called for a ‘Chalo Tank Bund’ protest as part of their ongoing strike to press for their demands. The police, however, refused to give permission for the march on the ground that this could disturb law and order in the city.

Police took several leaders of the TSRTC employees and the opposition parties into preventive custody or placed them under house arrest across the state. The arrests were made since Friday evening.

Police also set up check posts at the entry points into Hyderabad to prevent TSRTC employees from entering the city.

The strike by over 48,000 TSRTC employees entered the 36th day on Saturday. Their demands include merger of TSRTC with the government.

However, taking a tough stand the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government rejected the demand for merger and even announced privatisation of half of the TSRTC routes.

Though the Telangana High Court on Thursday directed the state government to take the initiative to resolve the employees’ demands, no end to the stalemate appears in sight as both the sides are sticking to their stand.

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Agitation style tactics may not help KCR!

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TRS boss and CM K Chandrasekhara Rao is known for his blind belief in his capabilities for agitations and ideological confrontations. However, he is facing unexpected, unique trouble from the Central government, the BJP Telangana unit and the High Court. Just at a time when the RTC JAC was losing its strength, the HC and the Centre began bringing pressure on KCR to give up his unilateral style of functioning.

But old habits die hard. KCR’s agitation style tactics are continuing even after tasting enormous success in Telangana agitation. He is continuing to find fault with everyone who is not toeing his line of thinking. Now, KCR is not accepting the observations of the High Court on the illegality of Telangana RTC formation.

Very ironically, KCR is bringing pressure on the IAS officers to go and convince the court. He blindly says that the TSRTC is formed as per the Motor Vehicles Act 1950 section 3. But, the Central government says that TSRTC has no constitutionality since it is not formed with its approval. It appears that KCR is switching into agitation spirit against the court and the Centre. But that may not work as it is not like provoking regional sentiments to get victory like in Telangana agitation.

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HC stay on KCR’s RTC privatisation

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The Telangana High Court is putting all sorts of brakes to the speed of CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. Now, the court has ordered KCR to stop the privatisation of 5,100 routes till Monday. The court also ordered the government to submit the Cabinet proceedings concerning the routes privatisation. This is indeed a big shock. KCR is taking all decisions against the RTC employees at review meetings with the officials. Cabinet meetings are a mere formality.

The HC is making no secret of its unhappiness against the KCR government’s handling of the RTC crisis. Though orders are given to pay salaries to the striking employees, the government is not paying. This has become a reason for serious differences between the government and the judiciary.

The High Court is equally hitting back at the KCR Circar in every aspect. The Central Government is also not cooperating with KCR. The BJP is trying to weaken TRS and make political gains out of this.

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