The shutdown in the Telangana region in support of the new state is showing signs of fatigue and cracks as a section of public transport employees called off the strike on Monday.
The National Mazdoor Union (NMU), the largest platform for workers in the state-owned Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), ended stir after talks with government officials.
Chief minister Kiran Kumar said the buses would ply again by Tuesday morning. The breakthrough came after the government, making an exception to its policy of “no work no pay”, offered to treat the strike period as special leave and give a salary advance of Rs 15,000 and 10,000 to permanent and temporary staff, respectively, besides Rs 3,000 as festival advance to every employee.
Speaking to mediapersons, NMU president Syed Mahmood said the strike was called off keeping in view the inconvenience being caused to the public and huge losses suffered.
However, NMU Telangana Forum convener Ashok Dharma Reddy announced the strike would continue, signalling a split in the union. Telangana Joint Action Committee convener M Kodandaram, who is spearheading the stir, also was in favour of continuing the strike.
Over 10,000 public transport buses are off the road since September 19. The government also agreed to bail out the loss-making unit by waiving Rs 400 crore tax due from it.