Telangana CM announces benefits for TSRTC employees

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President and Chief Minister of the state K. Chandrashekar Rao. (AP file photo)

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced a slew of benefits for the welfare of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees, who recently called off their 55-day old strike, and assured that none of them would be "sacked." During a meeting held with a group of RTC employees at his official residence-cum-camp office here,

Rao assured them of job security. ".. no TSRTC employee will be sacked and not even one private bus will be permitted to operate in an RTC bus route," a release from his office quoted him as saying.

Among the decisions taken at the meeting include, payment of pending salaries for the month of September on December 2, payment of salaries for the 55-day strike period, provision of a job to the kin of employees who died during the stir and payment of ex-gratia of Rs two lakh per family, it said.

The RTC employees had on October 5 gone on an indefinite strike pressing a charter of demands, including the merger of the Corporation with the transport department. Subsequently, they announced that they were ready to set aside their main demand of merger of RTC with government. The state government had declared the strike as 'illegal.' Talks to resolve the issue failed as both sides had differences over the agenda for talks. Though the employees withdrew the strike, the government had said they could not resume work as the labour commissioner would take a call on the matter, which resulted in an impasse that came to an end with the government allowing them to rejoin duty.

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