Puvvada Ajay Kumar, the Transport Minister of Telangana, on the 9th of October, conducted a video conference and assured normalcy in the transport services in Telangana.
Mr. Ajay Kumar addressed the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) district officials, Transport Department officials and other Government officers. He said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is reviewing the matter and taking necessary steps to resolve the same.
During the video conference, Ajay Kumar said from the 11th of October, at every bus depot, the buses will follow the same schedule which existed before the strike started. He further added, “This (normalcy in TSRTC services) will be implemented from Friday. All the buses that go to the villages will be run and in all the buses, passes will be allowed.”
The TSRTC employees are on strike since the 5th of October, with a list of their long standing demands, including the merger of the TSRTC with the State Government.
Despite the attempts of the TSRTC employees, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) refused to acknowledge their demands and hired new temporary staff, firing nearly 1,200 RTC employees and suspending 48,800 employees.
However, the TSRTC employees are adamant and are continuing the strike.
Ashwathama Reddy, the President of the TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC,) said if the TRS would not consider their demands, they would call for a Telangana Bandh and intensify the strike.
The TSRTC strike entered its 5th day on the 10th of October. Several opposition parties like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) the Communist Party of India [Marxist] (CPI[M]) and the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) also extended their support to the TSRTC employees.
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