Eatala Rajender holds discussions with TSRTC staff.

The Cabinet sub-committee headed by Eatala Rajender has speeded up the consultation process with the employees in different departments for submitting a fresh report to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao by May 16.Mr. Rajender held discussions with the representatives of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on Sunday on their demands that included pay revision, filling up of vacant posts and stringent action against private operators resorting to illicit operations which are resulting in the sign to the revenues of the corporation.

The meeting comes in the light of the Chief Minister’s announcement on Friday that the government would take a call on the demands put forth by different employees associations on May 16 after holding detailed deliberations with representatives of the respective staff associations. In addition to the representatives of employees, teachers and other sections, the Chief Minister wanted inclusion of the RTC employees in the discussion process so that the government could look into the issues raised by all sections of the employees.

The Chief Minister had ordered the inclusion of Transport Minister P. Mahender Reddy in the Cabinet sub-committee along with Ministers K.T. Rama Rao and G. Jagdishwar Reddy and asked the Ministers and officials concerned to evolve a roadmap for addressing the issues raised by the employees expeditiously.Mr. Rao opined that archaic methods like the constitution of the Pay Revision Commission would take a lot of time and hence, the Ministerial panel in consultation with the officials should work out modalities for addressing the issues raised by the employees, including the pay revision at the earliest. The development assumes significance as the employees submitted a charter of 18 demands and the teachers submitted over 35 demands seeking the resolution to their long-standing issues.

Constitution of the PRC, announcing a policy on transfers and effecting promotions which were pending for long has been the main demands of the staff associations which also wanted the restoration of the old pension scheme in place of the contributory pension scheme in force at present.

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