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Telangana govt to take final decision on RTC issue after HC verdict

Hyderabad, Nov 21 (UNI) :A high-level lengthy meeting on the RTC related issues , which held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, here on Thursday night decided to take final decision after the High Court verdict.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) which is spearheading the RTC strike which entered 48th day today, announced that the striking employees will join their duties provided the government and the corporation do not set any pre-condition for them.
Meanwhile, the High court is expected to give its verdict on the privatization of the RTC routes on Friday.
The meeting which attended by Transport Minister Puvadda Ajay Kumar Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma , Law Secretary Santosh Reddy , RTC EDS and other senior officials, also decided to study in detail the present TSRTC’s financial position, besides court decision and the cases still pending in the court.
The state government is of the firm opinion that it should provide a permanent solution to the RTC problems with an aim to provide a better transportation facilities to the people based on the facts as existed one the ground.
The Corporation as on date has debts over Rs 5,000 crores and it has about Rs 2,000 crore debts and dues to be paid immediately.
As per the provided fund officials’ instructions, to pay the September full salaries to the employees, Rs 240 crore is required. Transport tax dues are pending for the last two years.
New buses should be purchased to replace with the 2,600 old buses.
In total , to run TSRTC as on date, Rs 640 crore is needed per month but the TSRTC has no financial strength to incur this expenditure, the meeting observed.
Due to economic slow down, the state government is also not in a position bear this financial burden , the meeting clarified.
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