Telangana executive tells court RTC has no funds to pay September salaries

    Telangana executive tells court RTC has no funds to pay September salaries

    The Telangana executive on Monday expressed its incapacity to pay salaries to the 48,000-distinctive inserting staff of the utter-scurry Telangana Command Highway Transport Corporation (TSRTC) for the month of September.

    Arguing on behalf of the RTC management, imply total B S Prasad suggested the excessive court that the RTC had perfect Rs 7.5 crore in its exchequer, while the wage invoice of the staff became once spherical Rs 224 crore.

    “The strike of the RTC staff has crippled the monetary living of the corporation. There is now not any money even to pay salaries,” the imply total suggested the court.

    Final week, performing on a petition filed by an RTC employee, the excessive court directed that the executive pay salaries to the total staff, in conjunction with these on strike, as they’d labored for the month of September.

    The petition became once filed following the suicide of a conductor of the Secunderabad depot, B Surender Goud, who hanged himself after his equal month-to-month installment on a monetary institution mortgage bounced.

    The RTC management suggested the court then that the cost of salaries would maybe maybe now not be done as even the accounting workers had long past on strike. It assured to prepare wage funds by Monday.

    Then again, the imply total attributed the RTC’s incapacity to pay salaries for September to the strike which entered the 17th day on Monday. “The strike by the RTC staff is illegitimate,” he argued.

    The counsel for the petitioner argued that non-cost of salaries to the staff for the duration they’d labored became once additionally in opposition to the law. He stated the RTC staff had been resorting to suicides due to the adamant perspective of the executive. The excessive court posted the case for hearing on October 29.

    Chairman of the Joint Action Committee of Telangana RTC staff’ unions, E Ashwathama Reddy, wondered why the RTC had no money when the executive became once claiming that it became once running 90 per cent of the buses.

    “We’re going to rating a scheme to proceed the strike till it attains the logical live. I query the staff now to now not gain disheartened by such statements from the executive,” Reddy stated, after submitting a representation to Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Bhavan later within the evening.

    Accusing Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of dishonouring the excessive court’s path to originate negations with the JAC, Reddy appealed to the Governor to intervene and prevail upon the executive to begin talks.

    Earlier within the day, a number of Telangana Congress leaders had been arrested when they tried to lay siege to Pragati Bhavan, the real situation of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Begumpet.

    Assembly floor leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, PCC working president A Revanth Reddy, feeble Sangareddy MLA Jaggareddy, senior leaders Anjani Kumar Yadav and Ramulu Naik tried to reach the CM’s situation in conjunction with their supporters. They had been all taken into custody by the police.

    Equally, the police kept various senior Congress leaders in conjunction with Ponnala Lakshmiah, Ponnala Prabhakar, K Jana Reddy, A Sampath Kumar, Malreddy Rangareddy, D Sridhar Babu and P Vishnuvardhan Reddy under dwelling arrest.

    Meanwhile, educational institutions across the utter reopened on Monday after a gap of 23 days. The vacations for Dasara festival started on September 28 and the institutions had been to be reopened on October 13. Nonetheless due to the RTC strike, the vacations had been extended till October 19.

    The managements of a number of deepest faculties withdrew their buses given on hire to the RTC throughout the strike duration within the wake of reopening of the colleges. College students of various institutions had a fancy time due to lack of enough products and companies and had to depend upon deepest transport.

    First Published:
    Oct 21, 2019 19: 46 IST

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