Hyderabad: The joint action committee (JAC) of the TSRTC Employees and Workers Unions on Tuesday said the erstwhile APSRTC had not been bifurcated after the formation of Telangana between the residuary state of AP and successor state of Telangana.
JAC leaders claimed that since the division of assets had not taken place between the two states, the TSRTC had no statutory identity.
Officials associated with the Sheela Bhide committee, which was constituted to finalise the division of assets belonging to common institutions listed under schedule 9 and 10 of the AP Reorganisation Act, on condition of anonymity, said that properties which are situated in Telangana even now are legally in the name of APSRTC. They said the Sheila Bhide committee had taken steps to bifurcate assets and liabilities of 91 institutions listed under the Act 2014.
The panel had till date finalised the division of 79 out of 91 institutions, but division of assets of 12 institutions was pending, including the RTC.
Though the committee had made certain recommendations with regard to RTC, both states have not initiated any follow-up action. Meanwhile, the term of the committee has ended and the issue was back for resolution with the Centre, JAC leaders said.
Ashwathama Reddy, convener, JAC said that in August this year, APSRTC had sent a report on allocation of assets of RTC to Telangana government. The report asked for allocation of 14 properties as AP’s share, but the Telangana government replied that AP would get only three properties. The AP government has informed of this claim to the Bhide committee.
Sources in the Telangana government said that the government was not prepared to give properties demanded by AP.
Dismissing the statement of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that Telangana could became a RTC-less state if employees do not join duties by Tuesday midnight, Mr Reddy said that Telangana government could not privatise or abolish RTC without consent of the Centre, which held 31 per cent share in APSRTC.
He alleged that some ministers and MLAs were threatening employees to rejoin duties. He said the TRS was escorting and dropping employees at depots.
The JAC sought support of student organisations to make Chalo Tank Bund programme scheduled on November 9 a success, he added....