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High Court Censures Government Again On RTC Strike

The court opined that the TSRTC officials were misguiding it on key issues, including the Finance Secretary's report, the ED committee report, loans and arrears.
Hyderabad | 29th October 2019
The Telangana High Court today censured the State government and the TSRTC management for not giving complete details of the ED (Executive Directors) committee report, loans and others issues related to the ongoing strike (which reached its 25th day today).

The court also reprimanded the TSRTC officials for the same.

The Advocate General, representing the government, informed the court that the bifurcation of the united Andhra Pradesh RTC was yet to be completed by the Centre. Of the Rs 1,099 crore due from 2009 to 2014 to the united RTC, Telangana needed to pay 42% and Andhra Pradesh the remaining 52%, he said.

The AG also informed the court that the State government had so far given Rs 4,235 crore to the TSRTC, and was now not a position to pay another Rs 50 crore to meet four of the 26 demands of the striking RTC employees.

The court referred to this as "over-action". If the government could pay Rs 4,235 crore, could it not pay the arrears, the court asked.

The court opined that the TSRTC officials were deliberately misguiding it on key issues, including on the Finance Secretary's report, the ED committee report, loans, arrears and other matters.

The court directed the government to clarify on the arrears. It also expressed displeasure at the TSRTC management offering a bank guarantee to the extent of only Rs 850 crore, and sought complete and correct details.

The court also asked TSRTC in-charge MD Sunil Sharma and finance department officials to attend the court with complete details for the next hearing on Friday at 2:30 pm.

Earlier, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had held a review meeting with Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar and TSRTC officials on the points to be presented in the court.
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