May 26, 2020 | 4:34 PM IST
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KCR govt sacks nearly 50k Telangana transport staff as workers refuse to rejoin

The Telangana government on Sunday sacked nearly 50,000 Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees and workers after they launched an indefinite strike on Friday midnight. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao attended a high-level meeting with the transport department on late Sunday evening and termed the strike as an ‘unpardonable crime’.
After the meeting, the CM strongly stated that we are not going to succumb to any blackmailing by the employees’ unions and that it won’t allow any sort of indiscipline in the institution forever.
Earlier in a statement, the government had warned all the employees to lose their jobs if not returned to their respective duties by Saturday evening.
Commenting on the situation, CM said, “There is no question of holding any negotiations with the removed employees and taking them back into the duties. They have committed a major crime by resorting to strike at a time when the RTC was incurring a loss of Rs 1200 crore and facing a debt burden of Rs 5,000 crore, besides suffering from ever-increasing diesel prices.
The protesting workers had presented the state with a list of 26 demands including their retirement being enhanced to 60 year, revision of their salaries pending since April 2017, fresh recruitment in the corporation to reduce the workload on the employees and merger of corporation with the government so that they become government employees and are entitled to benefits that accrue to them.
Several thousands of busses have stayed off the roads, affecting lakhs of people during the festival season.

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