HC moots three-member panel of retired SC judges to resolve TSRTC employees strike

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HYDERABAD: The Teangana High Court has agreed to form a three member-committee of retired Supreme Court judges to resolve the protracted Telangana Transport Corporation employees strike, according to media reports.

 

The decision came when the case came up for hearing on Tuesday. The court has ordered the Advocate General to inform the government’s opinion over the proposed committee by Wednesday. The AG told the court that he would take the matter to the government.

As part of the hearing, senior advocate Vidya Sagar explained the court's powers and limitations. He pointed out that the RTC strike comes under ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) and urged the court to treat it as illegal. On this occasion, he recalled that in 1998 and 2015 the government had issued orders bringing RTC strike under ESMA.

On hearing the arguments, the court made it clear that the ESMA GO issued in 1998 applied to Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation and it was not valid for TSRTC. Moreover, the ESMA GO in 2015 was applicable only for six months. Later, the high court adjourned the next hearing to Wednesday (November 13).

The court had on November 8 directed the state government to hold discussions with the striking employees to resolve the over one-month long strike. The court also expressed its displeasure over contradictory reports the government submitted to the court with regard.

The court found mismatch in the accounts of the money the government owes to the TSRTC towards reimbursement of the travel concession given to different categories of commuters.

Different employees and workers unions of TSRTC began the indefinite strike from 5 October across Telangana on a call given by the Joint Action Committee of RTC, demanding the corporation's merger with the government, wage hike and recruitment to various posts, among others.

 Image Credit: Telangana Today

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