Telangana To Privatise 50% Buses, Striking Employees Get 3-Day Deadline
By Ndtv 03-Nov-2019
- Even as the Telangana bus transport strike neared the one-month mark, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday announced the privatisation of 50% of the state's bus services.
- After a nearly five-hour marathon cabinet meeting earlier in the day, the chief minister announced that as many as 5,100 private buses would be given permits to run on specified routes.
- The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) used to run 10,400 buses, out of which over 2,000 buses were already private and another 2,000 were in a dilapidated state, he said.
- Mr Rao said that the privatisation move, which is being opposed by trade unions, is a policy decision of the cabinet and cannot be reversed by anybody.
- He also pointed out that the central government's recent amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act allows states to privatise in order to ensure sustainability.
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