CPI Urges KCR to Revise RTC Salaries
- Revise RTC salaries
- Paid leave for Sakala Janula Samme period
HYDERABAD: State CPI urged the Telangana State government to intervene and help fulfill the RTC Unions’ demands and shelve proposed strike from May 6.
Telangana State CPI Council secretary Chada Venkat Reddy wrote a letter to Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao Saturday in this regard. In his letter, Chada mentioned that there was a need to revise the salaries of the RTC employees on April 1, 2013, but the then government neglected the issue. RTC Unions put up revised salaries proposals on March 25, 2013 and subsequently the RTC management initiated steps in this direction. But within no time, separate Telangana State and Samaikyandhra movements intensified, and the management kept the revision of salaries issue aside.
On the other hand, Telangana Government has announced 27 percent interim relief fund to the government employees recently. Demanding that the government implement the interim relief fund, RTC employees served a notice to then Congress government, and the Congress government had agreed to implement the same. The same government also assured the RTC employees on revision of salaries, but has not implemented both.
The new state government announced 43 percent fitment benefit to the government employees. RTC Unions served a notice to the management to implement the same, but there was no response from the TRS government. The government also announced salary with leave for the Sakala Janula Samme period to the government employees.
Telangana Government has failed to announce the same to the RTC employees, who also participated actively in Sakala Janula Samme during Telangana movement. The RTC employees were not happy with the TRS government, which had failed to provide the same on par with the government employees.
Vexed with the TRS government, RTC Unions – Employees Union (EU) and Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU) issued a strike notice on April 2, 2015. Responding to these notices, other RTC Unions too have decided to participate in the strike from May 6. Chada urged the Chief Minister to intervene in the issue, and initiate steps to fulfill the demands of RTC employees thinking that the RTC workers are also Telangana sons. (NSS)