The Telangana Road Transport Corporation is likely to increase the bus charges if that is the indication available now. Readers know that RTC staff had been demanding higher wages and it was turned down by the management stating that losses were incurred.
Though RTC is ready to bear the burden of Rs 700 crore due to hike in staff pay it is not clear whether the government would bear the burden and accept for raise in payments to the staff. But the management is ready to effect pay hike the moment government approves it. Charges also may go up to compensate the losses suffered by the RTC. Ultimately the whole burden would fall on passengers. But will the chief minister give the green signal for it is another factor.
The wage revision time limit in RTC ended in 2013 itself. Since then the PRC has been kept pending. For State staff the PRC recommends for every five years while the PRC for RTC is for every four years. Currently the hot debate in RTC is on the extent of fitment to be given.
Employees have been demanding 43 percent fitment which was given to government staff. However. In view of the gravity of the situation an exercise is on to provide only 33 percent fitment instead of 43 percent as demanded. Even then a burden of Rs 450 crore would fall on government.
The workers’ unions had already served strike notice when the management refused to oblige them for a pay hike. The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is to decide has been busy due to party programmes.