RTC crew’s 43 percent fitment demand is unjust

HYDERABAD: Stating that the State-run RTC was accumulating one-crore rupees loss everyday, Telangana Transport Minister Mahendar Reddy said that under these circumstances, the employees’ demanding for 43 percent fitment was totally unreasonable.

Speaking to media on Thursday, Reddy made it clear that the state government was not inclined to put burden on the commuters by raising the salaries of the crew.

He said the government has constituted a cabinet sub-committee with Home Minister NayaniNarsimha Reddy and Finance Minister EtelaRajendar to find a satisfactory solution to both parties.

He also said arrangements were being made to provide transport facility to 120 villages shortly.

Special buses for EAMCET students: RTC

Meanwhile, RTC Managing Director SambasivaRao has said special transport arrangements would be made for the students appearing for the EAMCET.

Rao dealt on RTC’s recurring losses, employees’ demand for 43% fitment and several other issues during an interview with a vernacular daily on Thursday. On the plying of buses, Rao said they ran 12 percent buses on the first day of the strike, 37% by noon today and hoped to ply 45% buses by this evening. He also urged all Engineering colleges to ply buses free of cost in view of the agitation by the RTC crew.

Rao also advised the EAMCET students to make themselves available near the examination centers a day before as they would run possible number of buses from every bus depot. Adverting to the charter of demands of the agitating employees, he said they have already implemented two of the three demands mentioned in the strike notice.

Pointing out that Road Transport Corporation and the State government were totally different, he expressed hope that the state government might extend some assistance if the Corporation asked for it. Making it clear that the Corporation was not against raising salaries to its employees, Rao said if the Corporation gets handsome revenue it will raise their salaries to their satisfaction. (NSS)

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