Hyderabad, Oct.7 : Senior Congress leader and former minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir today slammed Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for announcing mass dismissal of the striking 48,533 employees of the Road Transport Corporation.
Addressing the protesting RTC employees at Kamareddy Bus Depot on Monday, Shabbir Ali said KCR Government did not appoint even 48 employees in the RTC. But he wants to dismiss over 48,000 workers in a single stroke. His decision will not be tolerated as the RTC staff has a democratic right to protest and even go on strike seeking fulfillment of their long pending demands. Congress party will support RTC workers till their demands are met and we will ensure that not a single employee loses his job,” he added.
The Congress leader pointed out that the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha had dismissed over 1.70 lakh RTC employees in 2003. However, the decision was reversed by the court and all employees were reinstated. He said all the demands being raised by the TSRTC employees were totally justified and must be fulfilled. He asked all the unions across the State to lend support the RTC workers. “KCR has tried to set a bad precedent by sacking thousands of employees in a single shot. If tolerated now, then KCR will treat the employees of all departments and corporations similarly. All trade unions must back the Telangana RTC employees. Otherwise, one after the other, KCR will finish off all the unions and privatize all departments by sacking thousands of employees, he said. (NSS)