HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has on Monday clearly stated that it will not work back to the striking TSRTC employees after the November 5 deadline expires.
Taking a tough stand, the government said that if employees continue their commotion, it will move ahead with a plan to allow private bus operators to operate in 5,000 of the 10,400 routes, which would lead to such a situation. The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation will literally cease to exist.
A press release states that employees will be solely responsible for such a situation, so they must decide whether to save their jobs or upset their families.
This was stated after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Chandra Shekhar Rao (KCR), which was attended by Transport Minister Ajay Kumar and senior officials on Monday.
they said union leaders were giving false impression to workers, citing the ongoing proceedings in the High Court. “But according to legal experts, the High Court has not directed the government to strike. The court cannot do anything.” If the High Court decision (on the contrary) is the case, the issue has come up so far. “Both the RTC and the government will move to the Supreme Court.”
The meeting stated that if the matter goes to the Supreme Court, the matter will be further delayed. “Given the past experience, the matter can go on for months and years in the Supreme Court. It will be a never-ending war. So it will not benefit the workers.”
Meanwhile, Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convenor E Ashwathama Reddy claimed that five of the 11 employees who reported work on Sunday after the government’s deadline had “returned”. “We appeal (to the Chief Minister) once again … invite JAC to discuss,” he told reporters. Referring to the employees’ alleged suicides and deaths due to a heart attack, he demanded the government take a humanitarian stand on the matter.
Meanwhile, TSRTC officials are hopeful that a good number of striking employees will report on duty Tuesday as the state government’s last date for returning them to employment will end November 5. According to RTC sources, the duty came to a close.