After emerging victorious from the Huzurnagar bypolls, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Chief K Chandrashekar Rao announced that there is no question of merging the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) with the government.
The Huzurnagar bypolls were seen as a litmus test to the TRS government especially in the backdrop of the ongoing strike by the RTC employees with one of their main demands being the merger of TSRTC with the government.
The Chief Minister K Chadrashekar Rao addressed media and told that he had abandoned the idea of saving the TSRTC by merging it with the government and that TSRTC itself was shutting down.
KCR repeated that merger is a bad idea and that it would set a wrong precedent. In his clear tone the Chief Minister said that if the government merged TSRTC with the government with the government, 57 more corporations will come forward asking for merger. “Then even the courts will say- if you have merged TSRTC , why can’t you merge others as well?”.
The TRS Chief terming the strike as ‘mindless, unreasonable and unrealistic’ told that he foresaw that the TSRTC was going nowhere and government taking over is not going to help the Corporation come out of the financial crisis.
The CM said that cheap union politics are at play to further the interests of few people. “Just before union elections, these people will make some unrealistic demands to garner the support of fellow workmen and initiates strikes,” said KCR.
On the question of what the Telangana government has done for the RTC employees, KCR said since the TRS government came to power in 2014, it has increased the salaries of the employees by 67 percent and that his government had spent Rs 4,250 crore since the formation of Telangana. The Chief Minister pointed that the ongoing strike itself had caused loses up to 150 crore to the RTC.