Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today announced that the salaries of the TSRTC employees and the officials of the gram panchayats in the state would soon be increased.
Addressing the Assembly during the last leg of the Budget session, Rao stated, "The RTC employees had played a key role in the statehood movement. In recognition of their sacrifices for the movement and their service to Telangana ever since its creation, the government will soon implement a wage hike for them. The salaries for village panchayat officials, including the panchayat secretaries, will also be regularly scaled-up from April as they are the backbone of rural development. We are working on the modalities and the concerned officials will finalise the hike amounts soon."
He also outlined the steps being taken by the government to strengthen the TSRTC, and added, "Rs 3,000 crore has been earmarked in the Budget for the RTC's development. We are committed to protecting the corporation and its employees. A decision about the usage of the funds will be taken after consultations with the relevant authorities."
The announcement elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from the treasury benches. The TRS' legislators began to thump the tables enthusiastically to show their support for the CM's decision.
The happy news comes days after the announcement of a new PRC
for the government employees and teachers in the state, which will reportedly be implemented from April. Under it, the employees will receive a 30% pay hike, among other benefits.