YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had promised to merge the APSRTC with the government during his election campaign. The APSRTC was founded in January 1958, two years after Andhra was merged with the Telangana region of the Hyderabad state, the country’s first linguistic State. Since then, it has been working and pioneered in the public transport sector in Asia. It was one of the largest public transport operator in Asia at one point of time, flourishing with comfortable revenue.
But, over the years, the RTC suffered huge losses for bad management on one side and the incentives that the successive governments put on it. The RTC was made to roll out several subsidies to the people by the governments, but never thought of giving any subsidies to the corporation, including the road tax. The subsidies that were put on the corporation from the government side, were never reimbursed or took long time to reimburse pushing the corporation into huge losses.
The bifurcation too had become a major setback to the RTC as it lost passenger connectivity to Hyderabad. Before bifurcation, the RTC had operated buses to Hyderabad from every town in the State. Now, that connectivity is lost as Hyderabad is not the capital of the State. Most of the people in the two Godavari districts and Prakasam and Nellore districts use trains for their travel and prefer RTC less. The rail connectivity in the coastal districts takes large portion of the commuters from the RTC, which itself is a big loss.
Now, having come to power, Jagnamohan Reddy had constituted a cabinet committee to make recommendations for merger of the RTC with the government. This would benefit over 55,000 employees, who would be treated on par with the government employees. The process begins now and is likely to be completed at the earliest. This would, if completed, stand as a clear witness to what Jaganmohan Reddy had promised and fulfilled.