The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government finally reached out to the protesting TSRTC (Telangana State Road Transport Corporation) employees and appealed them to roll back the protest and to engage in talks with the state government.
The protests took a serious turn when employees began committing suicides due to depression over job loss. A driver and a conductor committed suicide by self-immolation in Khammam and Hyderabad after which the protests intensified across the state.
The state government seems to be rushing into damage control mode before things go beyond control. The TRS parliamentary party leader K Keshav Rao appealed to the protesting employees to call off their protest and to engage in talks with the government to arrive at an amicable solution.
K Keshav Rao urged the employees to hold talks with the state government and put forward their demands and debate over it with an exception to merger of TSRTC with the government which is the main demand of the employees.
A senior leader of the TRS government had always been considerate towards the demands of RTC employees. The government had given a 44 % increment in salaries apart from 16 % interim relief.
The TRS put forward a trifurcation proposal suggesting a three-tier arrangement of public transport that is being considered by the government. The state government is planning to manage the public transport in a way that accommodates 50% RTC, 30 % state carriages and 20% private vehicles.
Keshav Rao said that suicides were not a solution to any problem and that he was deeply pained by the death of two employees.