KCR extends Holidays up to Oct 19, asks RTC to restore normal services

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Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the RTC officials to make arrangements for cent per cent RTC buses to ply on roads before October 19 as he has extended the holidays for educational institution up to October 19.

The CM clarified that the government would not recognize the illegal and unlawful strike under any circumstances, there was no question of having any talks with those on strike. The CM also announced that the employees went on strike on their own and abstained from duties will not be taken back come what may! The CM instructed the officials to pay September salaries to those who were not participating in the strike and attending to their duties.

He held a review meeting on the situation arisen due to the RTC strike at Pragati Bhavan here on Saturday. Ministers Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Ms Sabita Indrareddy, MLA Balka Suman, senior officials Sunil Sharma, S. Narsing Rao, B Janardhan Reddy, Sandeep Sultania, Transport Joint Commissioners Panduranga Naik, C Ramesh, Ms Mamata Prasad, DTCs Praveen Rao, Papa Rao, RTC EDs TV Rao, Yadagiri, Vinod, Venkateswarlu, Ramesh and others participated.

KCR also instructed the officials concerned to appoint required employees to run 50 per cent of the RTC buses, take 30 per cent of buses on hire and give stage carriage route permits to remaining 20 per cent private buses. Since it would take some days to restore 100 per cent bus services and it may cause inconvenience to the students. Hence, he has extended Dussera holidays till Oct 19.

“It is immoral and unethical that certain political parties are extending support to the illegal and unethical strike. The political parties, which are supporting the unlawful strike, which is causing inconvenience to the people, have no support from the people. In fact, there is no credible Opposition in the State. The present situation in the State is like “Nadaan Dushman”. The political parties are eager to take political benefit of the situation, which is hope against hope. The political parties, which are supporting the strike, will have to face the public outrage. It was due to the wrong stand they have taken on some issues in the past, the political parties have lost the public support. The same thing will happen in the RTC issue also. The demands put forth by the workers are not implemented in the States where these political parties are in power and this fact the people have realized. “the CM said.

“BJP leaders are talking a lot here. The BJP, which is in power at the Centre, is privatizing the Indian Railways. Airlines are privatized. Even Secunderabad Railway Station is privatized. Trains are being privatized. The Central government in its Budget stated that it is raising funds by disinvestment in several Public Sector Undertakings. This is how the BJP leadership is taking decisions at the Centre and their leaders are talking exactly opposite here, “the CM said.

Referring to the trade unions ‘intensifying stir’, CM spoke to DGP Mahender Reddy and instructed him to increase security cover at all the RTC depots and bus stands. “Set up CC TV cameras at every point. Utilize the service of the intelligence department, women police. Bookcases, arrest and sent those indulging in unlawful activities to the court. There is no point in tolerating those indulging in damaging and destroying the property in the name of agitation,” the CM told the DGP.