YS Jagan open letter to AP and Telangana Government

Hyderabad: Leader of the Opposition and YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has written an open letter to both the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, to smoothly negotiate with the Union leaders to call off of the RTC strike dealing in a smooth environment.   The YSRCP chief pointed out that Employees of RTC, should be dealt well and Government should never agitate and disturb the feelings by provoking remarks and statements.

He said that he is against the Police act towards the Employees.  He asked both the Chief Ministers to rethink about their role, and how their actions are encouraging the RTC strike, since four days. Jagan stated that the situation would not be so worse, if both the Leaders have kept their promises made to the RTC employees. YSRCP Party clearly pointed the reason for the RTC bandh, as not keeping their word by both the state Chief Ministers. Jagan stated that the YSRCP would support the employees and is willing to participate in the movement to get their demands fulfilled peacefully. He also invited the members of the party to be a part of this movement.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu promised that amalgamation of APSRTC with Government will happen on April 6th, 2014. Jagan mentioned that promises made by Naidu, that he would see that the wages of the RTC employees will be equivalent to the Government employees, should be implemented. YS Jagan said that the Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu has to realize that he is also responsible for the loss of APSRTC. YS Jagan said that every year, despite APSRTC losing Rs. 1000 crores of rupees due to private vehicles, still the government is encouraging the private vehicles and Naidu is answerable to people for doing so. RTC is paying Rs. 541 crores to Andhra Pradesh Government, in the form of Vat on diesel. Similarly, while purchasing the machinery parts and accessories, Vat of Rs. 150 crores is paid to AP Government.

It is clear that RTC would stand ahead, if the Andhra Pradesh Government will remove the Vat, but still Chandrababu Naidu is not taking such decision. YS Jagan questions Naidu and says that people in the State are waiting for his answer. By removing Vat and controlling the private travels, salaries of RTC employees can be revised.  YS Jagan said this is not a great deal then which is understood by people of  Andhra Pradesh State. Similarly, levying Vat on diesel should be stopped by State Government so that the RTC employees can be benefitted.

YS Jagan said that RTC is considered one of the most prominent transport medium in the world. He insisted both the States to stop their thoughts to privatize the RTC organization. Crores of people are facing lots of challenges due to RTC strike. Jagan requested both the Ministers of the two States to take steps to deal with the RTC union leaders smoothly for a meaningful selection in order to call off the strike and help the employees.
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