Fulfilling one his poll promises, Jagan-led government on Monday passed the Bill pertaining to the merger of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) with the government. In the line of ‘Absorption of Employees into Government Services Bill 2019’ almost 55,000 employees would enjoy the benefits like any other government employees like DA, HRA, allowances and incentives, gratuity, provision, leave encashment provision. The state government has announced that the bill would come into action from January 1st giving the government status to state-owned road transport corporation. This merger will put an additional burden of Rs 3,600 crore per year on the state treasury.
The assembly has unanimously approved the RTC employees’ merger bill introduced by Transport Minister Perni Venkatramaiah on Monday. On this note, Jagan took potshots at TDP and Chandrababu Naidu for ignoring the merger demand from the past five years. “Legislation brought in by the TDP government in 1997 which prohibits the absorption of employees working in PSUs into public service under Act 14 of 1997 stood as the major hurdle which forces us to frame new legislation,” he added.
The state government has constituted a six-membered panel with TR&B Principal Secretary as chairman to study the recommendations made on the merger of the ASPRTC with the government. The government has also announced that it would create a new department ‘Public Transport Department’, which would be headed by ex-officio Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the APSRTC.