The Telangana State government has postponed the decision on taking back the RTC employees following their withdrawal of the strike on Thursday. Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to wait for the High Court’s judgement expected today on the issue of RTC Route Permits following which the decision of the government will be announced today.
The decision to this effect was taken after a prolonged discussion held in-depth at Pragathi Bhavan about the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation issue and what decision it should take especially after the court expressed its inability to resolve the issue after a month-long hearing. It was also decided to study in detail the present TSRTC’s financial position, Court decisions and the cases still pending in the court and other related issues. The state government is of the firm opinion that it should provide a permanent solution to the RTC problems with an aim to provide better transportation facilities to the people based on the facts as existed on the ground.
The meeting was attended by the Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, Senior officials S Narsing Rao, Sunil Sharma, Ramakrishna Rao, Sandeep Sultania, Law Secretary Santosh Reddy, AG Prasad, Additional AG Ramchander Rao, RTC EDs Venkateswar Rao, Yadagiri and others.
CM has reportedly expressed his unwillingness to continue the TSRTC in its same position as the mounting debts have reached Rs 5,000 Crore. Out of which, Rs 2,000 Crore needs to be paid immediately that comprises of PF amounts up to Rs 60-70 Crore plus September Month Salary of Rs 240 crores and CCS amounts of Rs 500 Crore besides dues of Diesel to be paid. Transport Tax dues are, however, pending for the last two years.
In addition to the above, new buses should be purchased to replace the 2,600 old buses. On the whole, over Rs, 640 Crore is needed every month to run the TSRTC as on date. “Who will bear this financial burden?”, CM reportedly questioned the officials. Even if the government supports it financially to some extent, how long will it last? is the million-dollar question now. Hence, CM is of the view that the TSRTC cannot be run status quo ante.
Moreover, the High Court is expected to give its verdict on the privatization of the RTC routes on Friday. The State government has decided to take a final decision after the High Court verdict and after taking into consideration all the related issues.