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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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No legality for TSRTC: Centre tells HC

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The Central Government submitted before the Telangana High Court that the division of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has not been completed yet. The Centre also told the court that the formation of the TSRTC is unconstitutional and illegal as the mother organisation APSRTC is not separated as per the Reorganization Act.

The Centre clarified that its permission is not taken for the formation and division of assets between the two transport corporations of Telugu states. With this, the KCR Government’s sensational exercise to privatise hits a roadblock. The HC asked how the state government could form the TSRTC on its own without following due procedures and without consulting the Centre.

Indications are there of the BJP leaders’ increased interference in the RTC issue to weaken the TRS boss in the coming days.

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Telangana privatises 50% RTC, issues ultimatum to striking staff

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Unfazed by the ongoing strike by the employees of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), the state government on Saturday announced privatisation of 50 per cent of RTC routes and warned the employees that if they fail to join duty inside the next three days, it will privatise the remaining routes.

The major decision was taken at the state Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

He told reporters after the meeting that private operators will be allowed to run buses on 5,100 routes.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said he was giving a chance to the striking employees to save their jobs and the future of their families.

“If they don’t return to work by November 5 midnight, we will privatise remaining 5,000 routes,” he said.

Rao said the decision to privatise the routes was irrevocable as the state was empowered to do so under the Motor Vehicle Act, 2019.

The Chief Minister once again ruled out the merger of TSRTC with the government. He said the Cabinet passed a resolution that TSRTC can’t be merged with the government.

The decision came even as the indefinite strike by over 48,000 employees entered its 29th day on Saturday.

KCR reiterated that the strike was illegal and asked the employees not to fall into the trap of union leaders and spoil their future.

The Chief Minister on October 7 had announced that 1,200 employees remained with TSRTC as the others did not join the duty before the expiry of the October 5 deadline.

Stating that he had no intention of making the employees jobless, KCR pointed out that he raised their salaries by 67 per cent during last four years.

He said the decision to partially privatise TSRTC was taken to ensure efficient public transport and provide better service to the people.

He clarified that the private operators will work under the control of TSRTC and there will be a regulatory commission to fix fare and take care of other issues.

KCR said the in future, the employees will not be able to blackmail the government by going on strike during festival and exam time.

KCR said Telangana was doing what states like Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal had already done.

“Privatisation will bring healthy competition and improve the service,” KCR said, as he denied that profit-making routes will be given to the private operators.

Slamming the BJP for supporting the striking employees, he reminded the state leaders of the party that their government in Madhya Pradesh privatised RTC, while their government at the Centre enacted a legislation empowering the states to privatise RTCs.

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Telangana privatises 5,100 RTC routes

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In a major decision, the Telangana government on Saturday announced privatisation of 5,100 routes of the state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) and warned the striking employees that if they failed to join duty in the next three days, it will privatise the remaining routes.

The decision was taken at the state Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

He told reporters after the meeting that he was giving a chance to the striking employees to save their jobs and the future of their families.

“If they don’t return to work by November 5 midnight, we will privatise the remaining 5,000 routes,” he said.

Rao said the decision to privatise the routes was irrevocable as the state was empowered to privatise the RTC under the Motor Vehicle Act, 2019.

The Chief Minister once again ruled out the merger of TSRTC with the government.

The decision came even as the indefinite strike by over 48,000 TSRTC employees entered the 29th day on Saturday.

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IAS officers creating confusion: Telangana HC

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The Telangana High Court took serious objection to the manner in which the KCR government is playing a ‘numbers game’ with the lives of RTC employees. The angry remarks were made after RTC Incharge Managing Director Sunil Sarma told the court that the government need not pay any arrears to the RTC. Already, all dues are paid. But the court said it is not correct for a senior IAS officer to give wrong figures.

The Court asked how can the government show loan concessions given for buying new buses as repayment of dues to the RTC. IAS officers are creating this confusion instead of solving the crisis. Sunil Sarma said that loan concession amounts were used to buy diesel and pay salaries.

The High Court asked the government officials whether this was how they intend to submit reports to the court. The judges asked officials how the GHMC could pay Rs. 108 cr to RTC when it has a deficit budget of Rs. 556 cr during 2015-’16. The court reminded Sarma that the TRS Minister himself said in the Assembly that dues were to be given to the RTC.

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IAS officers should not tell lies, says RTC JAC

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The KCR government and the RTC Officials are creating an impression that the employees’ unions are not cooperating for the success of the talks. The officials spread it in the media that the JAC leaders left the talks midway without any regard for the orders of the High Court. That is totally incorrect. JAC Convenor Aswathama Reddy says that it was the officials who walked out of the talks half way through. He deplored that the falsehoods are being spread about them. He said that the IAS officers should not tell lies as they are in important positions.

The JAC feels that their agitation is getting greater support than they expected from all sections of the Telangana society. The TRS government is appearing fearless on the outside but it is very much nervous internally on the future turn of the strike. To express their anger, the Telangana RTC Mazdoor Union flag colur is changed from pink to white. The new flag was hoisted at the union office.

The employees unions are now preparing to make their Sakala Janula Samarabheri a resounding success. It is being held at Saroornagar on October 30. All RTC employees along with their families, people’s organisations, political parties and others are taking part in this massive protest.

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RTC strike continues in Telangana as talks fail

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As per High Court orders, the RTC management held talks with the employees’ JAC leaders today. However, the talks failed to yield any result. The JAC leaders came out of the meeting and expressed their disappointment. JAC Convenor Aswathama Reddy said that the management is refusing to discuss all the 26 items proposed by them. He further said that the talks were being held in a unilateral way. The KCR government seems to have called for these talks only for name sake in view of the High Court orders.

Only yesterday, the government gave indications of its two-pronged strategy to resolve the strike. But, its game plan changed once again. The JAC leaders are saying that this kind of talks will not be held even with an enemy country. The ruling TRS is treating employees very badly by confining the talks to just 21 items.

The employees’ leaders accused the management of trying to leave an impression that the JAC is not cooperating for the talks as per the court orders. Understandably, the government has set a prior agenda for holding these talks. Aswathama Reddy announced that they would be ready to attend talks if the management is ready to discuss all the 26 items.

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