On Sunday, the employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) planned to go on an indefinite strike from the 5th of October 2019, in order to emphasize their demands, mainly the merger of the unit with the government.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of various employee unions said that the “unhelpful attitude” of the state government of Telangana compelled them to go on a strike as the government failed to pay attention to their long-pending demands even after serving the notice of strike.
The unions want the TSRTC to be merged with the government. Besides this, they are also demanding pay revision, job security, increase in the bus fleet, payment of dues by the government and filling up of vacancies.
For all the demands made by the unions, the state government has made a committee of senior IAS officers that will look into the aforesaid matters.
Meanwhile, the panel of three members headed by IAS officer Somesh Kumar and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao requested the RTC employees to stop the strike on the 5th of October and told them that they will discuss the matter.
Currently, private school and college drivers are being paid Rs 1500 per day. Private conductors are also appointed who will be paid Rs 1000 per day.
In the meeting that was held on the 1st of October 2019, the Cabinet appointed various sub-committees for the fields of medical, health, rural sanitization, resource mobilization, urban sanitation, greenery, agriculture, poultry and welfare, who will monitor the programs.
However, it is expected that the TSRTC employees will call off the strike, but only if the state government comes up with a plan to pay attention to their concerns and demands.