RTC unions spar over division of assets

RTC unions spar over division of assets
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RTC unions spar over division of assets. With less than two weeks left for the formation of two new states, the Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) employees unions are fighting tooth and nail over the distribution of assets.

With less than two weeks left for the formation of two new states, the Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) employees unions are fighting tooth and nail over the distribution of assets.

While the Employees Union is bent upon the idea of distributing the assets in 58:42 ratio including the immovable assets numbering more than 14 in Hyderabad, the RTC Telangana Mazdoor Union does not want the assets to be distributed.

E Ashwathama Reddy, general secretary, RTC Telangana Mazdoor Union, says, “There is no need for distribution of assets. The assets accumulated both in Telangana and Andhra after 1956 shall only be distributed based on the population ratio. The Tarnaka hospital, the printing press and Kala Bhavan belong to Telangana by virtue of its location.”

At a meeting held on May 13 the representatives from all unions of Telangana region objected to the word common property and wanted the use of continuation of services.

The Employees Union general secretary K Padmakar insists that as per the section 53 1B/2, the headquarter assets need to be divided and a share of the value should be given to Seemandhra.

Distribution of buses, parking area for Seemandhra vehicles in Hyderabad, tax on inter-state transport (for buses coming to Hyderabad after June 2) division of APSRTC hospital at Tarnaka and sharing of burden of losses are some of the issues that the employees unions of both sides are debating on.

Pallisetti Damodar Rao, Seemandhra Convenor of Employees Union, says, “There are 850 buses coming to Hyderabad from Seemandhra every day. Parking space and rest rooms should be provided in Hyderabad. Also for 10 years taxes should not be imposed on the buses coming to Hyderabad from Seemandhra region.”

Ashwathama Reddy of TMU, however, feels that that it is a ploy by the Employees Union to later stake claim to the property after 10 years. He adds, “All the assets be it the parking area, printing press, Bus Bhavan, hospital and other offices should only be used for administrative purpose. According to the Group of Ministers (GOP) guidelines of 53 (10), it is clear that properties should remain where they are and there is no provision for sharing.” On the question of losses too, the TMU feels that Telangana has to bear the burden of Rs 1318 crore of the total Rs 3,600 crore losses to the APSRTC.

The committee distributed the losses on the basis of population which is not acceptable.

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