Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], August 15, 2022: The two RTC veteran employees who are aged 98 and 92, probably some of the oldest living people in India, Mr Narasimha and Mr Sathaiah have joined Mr Bajireddy Govardhan, Chairman TSRTC and Mr Sajjanar, VC & MD in hoisting the flag today at Bus Bhavan, RTC Cross Roads, Musheerabad.
They worked in Nizam State Rail and Road Transport Division (NSR-RTD) which is now TSRTC.
The two nonagenarians Mr Narasimha and Mr Sathaiah set a record, probably the oldest living beings to have hoisted the national flag on the eve of Swatantra Bharata Vajrotsavaalu celebrations.
It was a great honour both for TSRTC by their presence and honour bestowed by TSRTC on two TSRTC Living legends.
After the ceremonial guard of honour, Mr Bajireddy Govardhan addressed the 500-plus audience.
Nearly 1000 devotees availed after TSRTC started accepting. Tirumala special entry darshan tickets, at the time of bus ticket reservation.
The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) announced that Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) had accorded permission to issue Rs 300 special entry darshan tickets for Telangana passengers. And it is a great success Mr Bajireddy said.
RTC’s hospital at Tarnaka is providing improved medical services. It started in nursing college. Vocational courses are also commenced.
TSRTC is running Petrol bunks successfully intending to generate revenue for the corporation. We will also be introducing our brand of drinking water ‘Jeeva’. This will be done to add more revenue streams to the TSRTC’s kitty. We have initiated a bus tracking system to offer more conveniences to the commuters. The Pharmacy shops opened in Bus stands are running well. Soon we will be introducing 300 Electrical Buses. All these are initiated for the development of the TSRTC, he said.
Mr Narasimha aged 98yrs said to have joined NSRRTD (now TSRTC) in the year 1944 as a temporary clerk and rose to the position of Accounts Officer at the time of retirement in the year 1983 after working for 38yrs, still remembers his days and passionately describes the evolution TSRTC in all these years. He retired from service in 1983. His salary at the time of joining was Osmania Sikka 47 per month which is equal to INR 21. His salary at the time of retirement was Rs 1740/p
Mr Sathaiah aged 92yrs joined NSRRTD (now TSRTC) in the year 1946 as a temporary office boy and retired as the Assistant Stores Keeper in the year 1988 after working for 41yrs in the corporation passionately remembers the glorious years of TSRTC and is still emotionally connected to the corporation. He joined the service in 1948. His salary was Osmania Sika Rs 8/- per month, which is equal to INR 3.57 paisa. His salary at the time of retirement was Rs 855/-.
Both the elders were felicitated befittingly by Mr Bajireddy Govardhan, Hon’ MLA & Chairman TSRTC and Mr Sajjanar, VC&MD.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Narasimha and Mr Sathiah expressed their deepest gratitude to TSRTC management for remembering them on this occasion and allowing them to not only participate in the historic event but also to show that TSRTC continues to care for their employees and recognize the services rendered to the corporation. They urged all employees and current employees of TSRTC to continue to serve the corporation and the public with determination and dedication.
It is one of the unique events and opportunities for all in TSRTC and for the public to know that TSRTC as a corporation has a long history and has impacted the lives of many in the state including the employees in TSRTC said Mr VC Sajjnara, VC and MD.
Meritorious TSRTC employees were recognized and awarded certificates for their dedicated and meritorious services. Some of them were recognized for their efforts in being the fuel-efficient driver and others were for accident-free service. Few employees have decades of service without even a single accident. These drivers were recognized for making TSRTC the safest public transport system for the public to commute. Few conductors and other staff too were felicitated.
Puja was performed to Albion Bus, 90 years old, one of the earliest buses, imported from the UK and pressed into service in the year 1932. Known as “Deccan Queen’, it is one of the 27 buses that were imported from Albion Motors of Glasgow, the UK by the Nizam. It is our heritage asset, which is in running condition. We will keep it safe for eternal value said Mr VC Sajjanar.
A Heavy Vehicles Driving Manual for India was released on the occasion. The major reason found in 1.5 lakh deaths in road accidents is driver error. The driver error rate is so high in India because most drivers do not know even the basic road rules. This book imparts critical driver education on road rules to heavy vehicle drivers, thereby reducing accidents and vehicle downtime. This book will be very useful to drivers of Lorries, trucks, buses, tankers, medium size trucks etc.