02-12-201902-12-2019 13:08:35 IST
2019-12-02T07:38:35.606Z02-12-2019 2019-12-02T07:38:32.901Z - - 07-12-2019
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who just a few days back could not see eye to eye with TSRTC has all of a sudden surprised all by showering sops on the corporation employees.
Apart from assuring complete job security to all the 48,000 employees whom he fired a month back, the Chief Minister also went back on his stand of privatisation of RTC which he passionately supported till last week. The Chief Minister also promised to settle the salaries for the month of September by Monday.
In another surprise move, the TRS chief announced that he will be increasing the retirement age of the employees from 58 to 60 years and added that the workers who have been working on contract basis will be absorbed into the RTC.
"In every depot, within 20 days, exclusive toilets, dress change rooms and lunchrooms for women should be created. All TSRTC women employees, like their counterparts in the government, will get three months child care leave along with maternity leave," a press release from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said. The Chief Minister, while speaking on the increasing concerns of women safety said that he will ensure that no women employee has to be on duty after 8 PM.
At Sunday's meeting, KCR announced that the government will allocate Rs 1,000 crore every year for the TSRTC from the next budget.
One of the biggest surprise moves was KCR's announcement of ex-gratia for the employees who died during the strike. KCR, who just last month stated that he was not responsible for the employee deaths announced Rs 2 lakh to the family of every employee who died and a job to one person from the family.
Five employees from each of the 97 RTC depots spread across the state attended the interaction held at Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of the Chief Minister. KCR also hosted a lunch for the invitees and enquired about their problems.
The sudden u-turn from the Chief Minister is being seen as an attempt to isolate the leaders of the employees of the unions. KCR has in past blamed the JAC and other union leaders of colliding with the opposition parties and misleading employees for their own benefits.
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