Holidays extended for schools till October 19
September salary for those working
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has asked the officials to make arrangements so that all the RTC buses can be put into service. The CM termed the ongoing strike as illegal and unlawful. Mr Rao instructed the TSRTC officials to pay the salary for September month to those who were working.
“We will not hold any talks with those on strike. The RTC employees who went on strike on their own and abstained from duties will not be taken back come what may. The CM instructed the officials to pay September salaries to those who did not participate in the strike and attended duty.”
The Chief Minister further asked officials to speed up the new recruitment so that half of the RTC fleet can be put into service. And about 30 percent buses would be hired by the TSRTC. The government allows stage carriage route permits to private buses accounting for 20 per cent of the total fleet.
“Until the total restoration of bus services, the government has decided to extend the Dussera holidays till October 19. The RTC strike is causing inconvenience to students. In the next three to four days all the RTC buses are put into service. Educational institutions will have to work on second Saturdays and other such holidays to complete the syllabus. By October 21, the entire RTC bus fleet will be ready. We don't want students who have bus passes to suffer due to the ongoing strike,” said Mr KCR.
The Chief Minister had a review meeting at Pragati Bhavan on Saturday. Ministers Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Ms Sabita Indrareddy, MLA Balka Suman, senior officials Sunil Sharma, S. Narsing Rao, B. Janardhan Reddy, Sandeep Sultania, transport joint commissioners Panduranga Naik, C. Ramesh, Ms Mamata Prasad, DTCs Praveen Rao, Papa Rao, RTC EDs T.V. Rao, Yadagiri, Vinod, Venkateswarlu, Ramesh and others participated in the review meeting.
Privatisation in Union Budget
The Chief Minister further said that “The BJP, which is in power at the Centre, is privatising the Indian Railways, Air India. Even the Secunderabad Railway Station is privatised. Trains are being privatised. The Central government in its Union Budget stated that it is raising funds by disinvestment in several PSUs. This is how the BJP leadership is taking decisions at the Centre, and their leaders are talking exactly opposite here.”