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Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials concerned to make arrangements so that cent per cent RTC buses would ply on the roads. The CM clarified that the government would not recognize the illegal and unlawful strike under any circumstances, there was no question of having any talks with those on strike.
The CM also announced that the employees went on strike on their own and abstained from duties will not be taken back come what may! The CM instructed the officials to pay September salaries to those who were not participating in the strike and attending to their duties. KCR also instructed the officials concerned to appoint required employees to run 50 per cent of the RTC buses, take 30 per cent of buses on hire and give stage carriage route permits to 20 per cent private buses. Since it would take some days to restore 100 per cent bus services and it may cause inconvenience to the students, the CM announced the extension of Dussera holidays till October 19.
            The CM held a review meeting on the situation arisen due to the RTC strike at Pragati Bhavan here on Saturday. Ministers  Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Sabita Indrareddy, MLA  Balka Suman, senior officials  Sunil Sharma,  S. Narsing Rao,  B Janardhan Reddy, Sandeep Sultania, Transport Joint Commissioners Panduranga Naik,  C Ramesh, Ms Mamata Prasad, DTCs  Praveen Rao, Paparo, RTC EDs  TV Rao,  Yadagiri,  Vinod, Venkateswarlu,  Ramesh and others participated.
“Restore bus services in RTC cent per cent. For this, if need be, recruit employees, utilize the services of retired RTC and Police department drivers. Recruit those having experience in driving heavy vehicles and buses. Officials should work day and night and restore 100 per cent bus services at any cost.” the CM instructed.
“As decided by the government already, RTC should run its own 5,200 buses. Recruit employees accordingly. Operate 30 per cent (3100) private buses on hire basis. As on date, there are 21 per cent private buses on the hired basis. Give notification for the rest of 9 per cent. Give stage carriage route permissions to 20 per cent (2100). Start doing the exercise in this regard,” the CM said.
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