- Government calls for tender without board’s nod; Union leaders call on Governor
- JAC alleges that KCR is wilfully delaying the decision
- Amid ongoing RTC strike, TSRTC driver attempts suicide
Hyderabad: Leaders of the Road Transport Corporation JAC expressed concern over the efforts by the TRS government to dilute the ongoing strike. The ruling party MLAs are luring our employees and leaders, Mr Ashwathama Reddy, JAC convener, said. He further said that the Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan had positively responded to the ongoing RTC strike, which entered its 18th day. The JAC leaders requested the Governor to intervene in the ongoing RTC strike and resolve the problems. They submitted a report on the demands of the RTC employees to the Governor.
Mr Ashwathama Reddy, RTC JAC Convener, said, “The Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has assured us of taking the issue to the notice of the state government and the Centre. We have briefed the Governor about the problems of employees as the September salary is not paid. The state government did not even respond to the High Court suggestion on holding talks with unions. We have been on strike call demanding the merger of TSRTC with the state government for the past two weeks. Since there’s no response from the state government, we decided to meet the Governor. No one has the authority to declare RTC lock-out. The ruling party MLAs are luring our leaders and employees.”
JAC co-convener Mr Raji Reddy said that the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is willfully delaying the decision. The Chief Minister is citing the reason for non-receipt of court order copy. He said, “The Governor is supporting the RTC employees and assured us of justice. Teachers also participated in the Telangana bandh call. We will meet the Singareni employees soon to seek their help in our agitation.”
Ms Sudha, the woman convener of JAC, appealed to the RTC employees to not come under any influence. She said, “The Governor Dr Tamilisai has assured us of all the help and support for the TSRTC and employees.”
RTC driver attempts suicide
A panic-stricken RTC driver in Karimnagar attempted to commit suicide by self-immolation. According to the Karimnagar town police, Mr Jampanna, a driver of Karimnagar depot-1, poured petrol on his body to commit suicide to protest against the TRS government. Police foiled the suicide attempt and took him into custody.
Public transport, beyond a service to public, has impact on Economy, Town Planning, Traffic and RealEstate. Therefore in most Eusopean countries it is mostly government run. KCR’s designs to hive RTC off to private will be disastrous… My article in DC. pic.twitter.com/FvmnysQIuw
— Konda Vishweshwar Reddy (@KVishReddy) October 17, 2019
A union leader said that Jampanna and other RTC employees were suffering a lot due to non-payment of September salary and uncertainty about their future. This is creating panic and a suicidal tendency among a few employees. The state government is responsible for the suicides of RTC employees.”