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In its bid to resolve the six-day-old RTC strike, the Telangana government is contemplating to offer a fitment of 37 to 40 per cent, according to sources close to the government and the striking employees unions. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who held a review meeting with the Cabinet sub-committee headed by Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy on Monday, is said to have given this indication.

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Hyderabad: In its bid to resolve the six-day-old RTC strike, the Telangana government is contemplating to offer a fitment of 37 to 40 per cent, according to sources close to the government and the striking employees unions. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who held a review meeting with the Cabinet sub-committee headed by Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy on Monday, is said to have given this indication.

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KCR told the sub-committee to hold talks with the union leaders and convince them to scale down a little from 43 per cent keeping in view the financial position of the government. Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet sub-committee which reviewed the situation has decided to wait till Tuesday for the High Court decision on the PIL. If the Telangana government announces fitment of 37 to 40 per cent, Andhra Pradesh too will have no option but to offer the same to the APSRTC employees, one of the sub-committee members indicated.


The Cabinet sub-committee later held an inconclusive meeting with the employees. According to the Home Minister, both sides had adopted a flexible attitude and if everything goes well the employees may decide to call off the strike on Tuesday. He said the committee had clearly explained the present financial condition of the state and also gave indications of how much the government can stretch its resources.


He said the committee had agreed to offer about 37 to 40 per cent fitment subject to final clearance from the Chief Minister. Sources said KCR is likely to make an announcement to this affect on Tuesday. The officials of finance and RTC have been asked to work out the burden in case of increasing the fitment.


Meanwhile, the High Court will take up the hearing on PIL on the RTC strike on Tuesday. It is pertinent to note that the court had passed strictures against the striking workers besides directing them to resume duties. Demanding that the State government concede their demand, RTC Employees’ Union (EU) leaders have described their strike as justified one.

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