Governor Grants Approval for RTC Merger:
Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan granted her approval to the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (Absorption of Employees into Government Service) Bill-2023, ending months of discussions on the future of TSRTC. The bill was passed by the Telangana Assembly on August 6. The Governor’s decision brought joy to the families of 43,373 TSRTC employees, who will now become government employees.
In a statement, the Governor expressed satisfaction that the government had diligently addressed her 10 recommendations, which considered employee representations and the corporation’s welfare. She extended her heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to all Telangana State Road Transport Corporation employees as they transition into government roles.
The absorption of TSRTC into the government had been a long-standing demand, with implications for politics, as Telangana State Road Transport Corporation employees had previously threatened to field a candidate against the ruling party in a by-election. Maramreddy Thomas Reddy, the general secretary of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation Telangana Mazdoor Union, lauded this decision as a historic and courageous move by the Chief Minister, expressing gratitude on behalf of the employees who had actively participated in the statehood agitation and contributed to the state’s progress.