Commuters badly Hit due to Buses strike in Telangana
More than 1 Crore Commuters were badly hit in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as employees of APSRTC went on indefinite strike demanding payment of 43 fitment allowance on par with state government employees.
A total of 9370 buses from telangana and 10,576 buses in Andhra Pradesh remained off the roads on Wednesday causing inconvenience to office goers , students, and other commuters.
Chief Ministers of Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao appealed to the employees unions to call off the
strike in view of inconvenience being caused to the general public.
RTC management has begun exercise to resume the services by utilizing contract employees. Describing the strike as illegal, RTC Managing Director N Sambasiva Rao directed the contract employees to either join the services by tomorrow noon or face termination.
According to sources, the RTC management is most likely to invoke ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) against the employees if they fail to withdraw the strike. The management has made it clear that it was not in a position to revise the salaries due to weak economic condition and in view of bifurcation process beginning from May 14.
Following strike, the ever busy Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) and Jubilee Bus Station (JBS ) in Hyderabad remained deserted.
Telangana police imposed prohibitory orders at almost all bus depots.