Telangana High Court Charges TSRTC MD For Incorrect Report:- The Telangana high court pulled up the current in-charge Managing Director of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on November 01st, 2019, Friday for the submission of incorrect reports for the dues that the government has to pay to the corporation.
The decision was conducted by a division bench, headed by Chief Justice R. S. Chauhan who admonished the official in question for the suppression of the details and facts with no specific regards to the government’s dues and payments.
In the affidavit presented by the MD, it stated that the government has paid an amount of Rs. 644.51 crore to TSRTC towards the reimbursement of the concessions that the transport organization has provided the commuters with during the year of 2018-19.
The court questioned the officials as to how the loans given to the TSRTC for the purchase of the buses could be counted in the reimbursement of the concession made by them.
MD Sunil Kumar, attended the court hearing and clarified saying that the reimbursement sum is used for the diesel as well as the payment of the salaries of the employees.
In addition to that, the court was also told that the TSRTC has also requested the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to release the dues amounting to Rs. 1,492 crores towards the losses that they incurred during its operations in Hyderabad. The GHMC has paid Rs. 108 crore followed by Rs. 228.40 crore to the TSRTC in the years of 2014-15 and 2016-17 but was unable to pay the rest because of the impending financial crisis.
Upon not getting clear answers on the dues and the situation, the court asked Sharma if he has wrote to GHMC in 2018-19 to clear the dues and whether he further wrote to the government after GHMC’s failure to clear out the outstanding dues.
The present counsel of employees’ union submitted to the court that the transport minister has already advised GHMC to clear off the dues to the TSRTC. The court charged Sharma asking whether they should believe what he is currently saying or what the minister said in the assembly.
Following listening to all the arguments, the court was adjourned on Thursday.
Joint Action Committee (JAC) convener Ashwathama Reddy suggested on this case saying that the TSRTC management should open their eyes on the observations pointed out by the court. Reddy further said that Sharma might have written whatever the government wanted and then presented the same to the court in the form of the report.
The JAC leader was disappointed on the fact that even with such a prolonged strike called by the employees and even with such suicide and deaths, that the TSRTC management is still siding with the government.
Reddy further recalled stating that the Transport Minister has stated in the assembly on September 19th, 2019 that the government owes Rs. 745 crore and the GHMC owes Rs. 1,492 crore to TSRTC.
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By Somapika Dutta