HYDERABAD: The indefinite strike by the TSRTC employees' unions over various demands is slated to continue for the 52nd day on Monday with protesters including women planning demonstrations, rallies and forming human chains across the state under ‘’Save RTC’’ protests.

Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) JAC Convener E Ashwathama Reddy told reporters here that they would intensify the agitation with a series of picketing programmes on Monday at bus stands, depots and important junctions in the state.

Expressing gratitude to the agitating employees, Reddy said, "We thank all those who took part in the strike for 51 days with determination. The strike will continue." The striking employees again appealed to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) to invite them for talks.

Nearly 48,000 employees had begun the indefinite strike on October 5 following a call by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions,demanding pay revision, recruitment to various posts, among others.

Earlier, KCR had said under no circumstances would the corporation be merged with the transport department. He termed the employees' stir as "illegal", saying it caused immense inconvenience to the public.

The state government has made alternate arrangements and engaged the services of temporary drivers and conductors to operate buses. (PTI)

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