FREEDOM PRESS BUREAU
Hyderabad, Nov 24: The indefinite strike by more than 48,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) entered the 52nd day on Monday affecting lakhs of daily commuters.
Multitudes of striking employees took out rallies near depots across the state holding placards reading “save RTC” and raised slogans in response to the call given by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is spearheading the strike.
A large posse of police personnel were posted near the depots.
The JAC which had announced three days ago that the striking employees would resume duties if the government created conducive atmosphere had decided to continue the stir since there was no response from the government to its offer.
In a notable development, the High Court on Friday had upheld the recent decision of the Cabinet to provide permits to private operators to ply buses on 5,100 RTC routes.
The Division bench of the court disposed off a PIL plea challenging the Cabinet decision after hearing arguments on the petition for the last few days.
Meanwhile, women workers staged dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station on Sunday. The striking employees all over the State continued their protests in support of their demands while thousands of people were seen stranded at bus stations and stops across the State.
Thanking the TSRTC workers for continuing the strike unabatedly, RTC employees’ unions’ JAC convener K Ashwathama Reddy said the RTC workers would stage protests with “Save RTC” placards at all bus depots and bus stages in the State on Monday.
Demanding that the State government allow the employees to resume their duties unconditionally, Ashwathama Reddy said the Chief Minister’s silence was atrocious and anti-working class.
On the other hand, it was speculated that the Chief Minister might review the situation and ask the RTC management to issue a notification in a day or two on privatization of 5,100 RTC routes as the High Court gave a green signal.