Hyderabad: As the 52-day strike organised by around 49,000 TSRTC employees ends, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced a slew of benefits to the employees. The major amongst them is his decision to give Rs 1,000 crore to TSRTC every year. It is yet to be sanctioned in the annual state budget starting 2020-21. It is for the first time in the history of an RTC that a state government is approving funds in the budget every year. KCR had advocated for the privatisation following the employees’ strike. However, today, he promised that not one RTC route would be privatised.
In his first meeting with RTC employees and workers held at Pragathi Bhavan today, KCR announced several sops for the benefit of TRSRTC and its employees. Five workers representatives from each depot from the 97 depots took part in the meeting. As expected, KCR has not invited any union or union leaders to the meeting. He had earlier expressed his anger at the employees’ unions and leaders saying that they forced the “illegal strike” on RTC to achieve “illegitimate demands”.
While vowing to bring RTC into profits within four months, KCR said that he aimed to see the corporation earn Rs 1,000 crore-profit every year, and to see RTC employees receiving Rs 1 lakh bonus annually. Alongside these, the other sops declared by Telangana Chief Minister are as follows: