Govt neglecting TSRTC
The members of TSRTC Employees Union staged a mass hunger strike here on Monday demanding the State government to address their various demands. They accused the Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao, of failing to deliver the promises he made to the RTC workers.
Hanamkonda: The members of TSRTC Employees Union staged a mass hunger strike here on Monday demanding the State government to address their various demands. They accused the Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao, of failing to deliver the promises he made to the RTC workers. The hunger strike was staged following a State-wide call by the union affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).
The district Congress president and the union honorary president Naini Rajender Reddy launched the strike at Hanamkonda bus stand. Addressing the protesting RTC workers, he said the CM has made several promises to the employees, but they were not yet delivered.
And it shows the negligent attitude of the CM towards the workers, he criticised. He wanted the government to make budgetary allocation of Rs 1,500 crore towards the development of the corporation and to bear the losses the TSRTC incurring in running Palle Velugu bus services in rural areas. Similarly, the government must stop closing of RTC units, he said.
Rajender Reddy said the previous Congress government regularised nearly 25,000 contract workers. But, the TRS government failed to make a single recruitment in the RTC since it came to power. Immediate measures must be taken to fill up the vacant posts.
The Employees Union leaders E Venkanna and others demanded implementation of revised pay scale and offer earned leave for the 27-day Sakala Janula Samme in which the RTC employees took an active part. The leaders said Singareni workers, TNGOs, electricity department staff and other government employees were given earned leave for the strike period. But the same benefit was not extended to the TSRTC workers even after four years of the formation of Telangana State, they lamented.
The union leaders also demanded cancelation of hire buses, increasing of RTC bus services, recruitment and promotions in all categories, withdraw ceiling on incentives, mandatory implementation of duty off and merger of the corporation with the government. They cautioned that if the government failed to address their demands, the agitation would be intensified.