Seems like life has come full circle for Telangana Chief Minister KCR who was termed to be a stubborn head and was blamed for the deaths of many RTC employees during the strike. The state supremo who stood as a tough nut to crack, declining a series of urges from employees and High court, has now come down with a roll of sops and assurances on the TSRTC employees.
As announced, KCR met with the selected employees from Hyderabad depots to interact with them on the prevailing issues. After which he came with a shower of good news for the employees who went through a rough patch for nearly two months. On this note, KCR assured full job security saying that not a single employee will be sacked and has increased the retirement age 58 to 60 years. With a promise to generalise the permanent workers, KCR also assured that the government is no longer in thoughts to privatise RTC. Releasing an official statement from the CMO on the same, the government stated that it will allocate Rs 1,000 crore every year for the TSRTC from the next budget.
While the employees were left in shock, the political analysts opined this to be a damage control stunt just to pacify the heated up political scenarios in the state. The 52 days of RTC strike has garnered distrust from not only the RTC employees but also from various other employee unions. Shocking the national media, hundred of women employees too participated in the strike upon which KCR neither chose to react or put in efforts to end it. Which brought in criticism for KCR-led government adding to the pressure from the centre, High Court and various worker unions. Under these circumstances, KCR and his team were left with no other alternative but to yield to the employees who already gave up the merger demand.
These sops and assurances announced by the same CM who stated that the employees were ‘self-dismissed’ by going on an ‘illegal’ strike and threatened to privatise bus routes are being claimed as a part of damage control by the media and political analysts.