HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday, declared that the workers and employees of TSRTC can get back to their duties, and set a deadline till the midnight of November 5 for them.
He said that they had nothing against the employees and their families and asked the employees to accept the government's offer and return to their duty by the midnight of November 5.
Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting which was held at Pragati Bhavan on Saturday, he said that the cabinet had unanimously and firmly rejected the suggestion of merger of TSRTC with the state government.
KCR also announced that the cabinet has decided to permit bus operators on 5100 routes in the state.
He clarified that only the “uneconomical routes” which are causing losses to the RTC would be handed over to private operators. He also clarified that the bus charges would be decided and monitored by a regulatory body.
The RTC has about 3,000 buses which are condemned and have to be replaced. The privatisation of routes will take care of this issue, he said
The Chief Minister said that the Cabinet also took the decision that the RTC unions cannot try to browbeat the government with blackmail tactics. “The government advised the unions not to go on strike after it appointed a committee to look into the RTC affairs, but they went ahead with it. Their demands are endless,” he said.

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