In an aggressive decision, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had sacked the TSRTC employees, who are on strike. Calling the strike illegal, the TS chief minister had terminated the services of a little over 48,000 employees and announced that he would not take them back.
The TS chief minister had also directed the RTC officials, including the managers of the depots not to take the employees who are on strike and who were sacked by the government. The chief minister had also directed the RTC officials to recruit new employees on a temporary basis till further orders are issued.
The government had also directed the RTC officials to hire more private buses and bring them on to the roads to avoid inconvenience caused to the people due to strike. The chief minister said that the TSRTC is incurring a huge loss of Rs 1200 crore and there are another Rs 500 crore arrears to be paid to the RTC by the government. While trying to clear the arrears, the chief minister said that filling the losses is an equal responsibility of the employees.
He blamed the striking employees for their timing and said that strike during the festival season was a criminal idea to blackmail the state government.
The chief minister rejected the demands of the TSRTC to merge the corporation with the government and also increase the wages. The chief minister said that the RTC employees are paid a minimum of Rs 50,000 per month and the demand for pay hike is not possible when the corporation is incurring huge losses. He also rejected the demand for merger of the RTC with the government and said that neither the states ruled or ruling by the BJP, Congress and even the Left have merged the RTC with the government.
“The RTC unions, which are mostly dominated by the Left parties, have no right to ask for merger as they have not done it in West Bengal and Kerala,” the chief minister asserted.