KCR Holds Talks with RTC Crew

  • The strike reaches sixth day
  • Proposes 35 percent fitment
  • Crew not convinced

HYDERABAD: On the sixth consecutive day of the ongoing strike of the RTC workers, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao today held a meeting with Cabinet sub-committee along with officials of RTC, Transport and Education departments at the Secretariat to hammer out a solution.

Informed sources said the TRS government was planning to offer 35 percent fitment to the TSRTC workers against their demand of 43%.

Rao appealed to the agitating workers to withdraw the stir and resume duties immediately in the best interests of the common man. Despite Rao’s offer, there was no breakthrough in the talks, and a statement is soon expected. Meanwhile, a few RTC buses were seen plying on the road, but they could not cater to the needs of the commuters, who are going helter-skelter.

It may be noted that Rao, who held a similar meeting on Sunday and asked the Cabinet sub-committee to submit a report by holding talks with the stakeholders, also directed it to suggest a suitable solution. The sub-committee comprising Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Finance Minister Etela Rajender and Transport Minister Mahender Reddy closeted with the Chief Minister this afternoon.

Earlier, the committee held talks with the employees’ unions and officials of the RTC. It is likely that the government may go in for a mid-level solution by offering some hike in fitment instead of 43 percent being sought by the RTC workers.

According to the sources, the chief minister, who is not happy with the RTC stir, and was willing to offer fitment between 32 to 35 percent as the government cannot afford 43 percent. Though the Sub-committee chairman Nayani Narsimha Reddy offered to increase some hike in the salaries, it was not clear as to what extent it could be. The Employees’ Unions are still not convinced with the government’s offer and are likely to continue the strike until a suitable solution comes out.

In a related development, the High Court is likely to take a final call on the issue on May 12. The court has passed strictures against the striking workers, besides directing them to resume duties. The agitating workers and unions are seemed to adopt a “wait and watch” policy until the court delivers a final call. It is being touted that the government is likely to wait till Tuesday for court verdict and take a final decision on the same day, if not on Monday. (NSS)

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