Hyderabad: Several opposition parties and trade unions held a round table meeting to discuss and chalk plans for opposing the privatisation of the RTC. The plans also include a series of protests against the state's decision.
In the meeting held at AICTU office in Himayathnagar, on Wednesday, leaders discussed the plans to raise their voices against the privatisation of RTC by the Telangana government. Following the meeting, the Telangana Jana Samithi president, Prof K. Kodandaram, said that they demand that the government take a positive decision on considering the re-joining of the RTC employees to their duties. He said that the opposition parties would address letters to Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, to discuss the RTC employees' issues in a cabinet meeting.
He demanded that the CM should call for a meeting with all political parties with a view to resolve the issues of the employees who were on the strike. Without concerning the union government, the state should not make any changes in the existing RTC.
Expressing concern over the death of the RTC employees across the state, CPI state secretary, Ch. Venkat Reddy, said that the deaths were due to the state government's decisions. He appealed the CM to allow the employees to resume their duties with immediate effect.
TDP state president, L. Ramana, alleged that the chief minister’s intention of privatising the RTC has been exposed after the employees' strike. He said that the opposition parties have decided to protest the government’s decision. He also demanded that the state government pay the salaries of the employees immediately and demanded a CBI inquiry on the issue of grabbing RTC's assets.
At the meeting, the parties and trade unions announced their plan of action for opposing the RTC privatisation.
On Thursday, they will take part in a protest in front of the labour commissioner’s office....