KCR douses fire, RTC stir aborted

HYDERABAD: The midnight strike call to paralyse public transportation in Telangana was called off on Sunday evening after chief minister swiftly doused the stir and agreed to give 16 per cent interim relief to TSRTC employees. Minutes after the assurance, Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU) leader Ashwathama Reddy announced withdrawal of the bus strike, saving coffers of Rs 4-crore loss every day.

TSRTC buses transport at least one crore people a day, including over 35 lakh in Greater Hyderabad and .

CM KCR proved a deft crisis manager by climbing down from his stand to invoke ESMA against TSRTC employees and union leaders, and agreeing to provide interim relief. The 16 per cent interim relief from July 1 will scrape coffers of Rs 200 crore a year. KCR also conceded to other demands, but with a rider that unions should cooperate in implementing reforms to put RTC back on profit.

The government will constitute a high-level committee to study and recommend reforms, measures to overcome its Rs 3,000 crore losses-cum-debt and improve efficiency. “RTC may be split into four corporations on lines of Karnataka RTC model,” an official said.

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