RTC MD won’t talk to Telangana unions
The efforts of the RTC top brass to find a solution to the ongoing strike have led to further complication. Even before the corporation is formally split, its top brass is divided into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana camps and have refused to talk to the employees from other State.
Hyderabad: The efforts of the RTC top brass to find a solution to the ongoing strike have led to further complication. Even before the corporation is formally split, its top brass is divided into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana camps and have refused to talk to the employees from other State.
A meeting convened on Friday evening by the Managing Director N Sambasiva Rao ended in total chaos. After a brief argument with the union leaders, Rao is learnt to have told them that henceforth he will not talk to the representatives of Telangana employees union and that he would only take up the issue of fitment with the AP government. Rao made it clear that he would not talk to the TS government on the fitment issue.
He even walked out of the meeting and asked the TS union leaders not to meet him. Angry over the MD’s attitude, the employees of Telangana unions resolved that they would not attend meeting convened by Rao. They would hold talks only with the Joint Managing Director G V Ramana Rao. They alleged that Sambasiva Rao had deliberately taken such a stand as he wanted to avoid resolution.
The unions alleged that ever since they had given the strike notice, Rao had been holding talks only with AP Transport Minister Sidda Raghava Rao and not with TS Minister P Mahender Reddy.
With today’s meeting the split between employees seems to be complete. Rao announced that he would now be functioning from a new chamber and would deal only with AP Employees Unions. Enraged over this development, the Telangana staff accused him of acting at the behest of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who, they said, was resorting to divide and rule policy.
“Naidu knows that he cannot give 43 per cent fitment and hence, he wants to see that the Telangana workers are also denied the same,” said Thomas Reddy, the Working President of TMU. Later addressing a media conference along with Transport Minister Raghava Rao, Sambasiva Rao said that the AP government had paid all the dues to the RTC, while the Telangana government was to clear over Rs 700 crore dues.
He further added that the AP government had made a budgetary provision of Rs 300 crore for RTC, while the Telangana government made no such allocation. He added that the AP government was also servicing RTC loans worth Rs 800 crore.