The Telangana High Court asked the counsel of TSRTC and state government to pay September salaries to around 49,190 workers by October 21.
The court's order came after a petition was filed by Telangana Jathiya Mazdoor Union of the TSRTC represented by its general secretary K. Hanumanthu pointing that employees of the corporation were on strike from October 5.
After hearing the plea, Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili asked to get instructions on this issue by Monday.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Ashwathama Reddy alleged that the government is playing mind games in the name of talks.
"All the political parties, trade unions and employees' groups have declared support for this issue and are asked a call for Telangana shutdown on October 19. The protest will continue till the Telangana government accepts all the justified demands of the employees," he said.
The Transport Minister P. Ajay has asked the TSRTC authorities to ensure that 100 per cent buses are operated during a meeting with TSRTC officials yesterday.
The issue arose as the corporation did not release the salary of September even after October 4. They had a charter of 26 demands, and the main demand is the TSRTC's merger with the government.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao stated that the strike is illegal and also announced that over 48,000 employees dismissed themselves by not joining duties before the expiry of the deadline.
Three RTC employees and five leaders of Telangana Jana Samiti were detained for trying to burn an effigy Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at Dilsukhnagar bus depot. The detained protestors include TJS leaders G. Susheel Kumar, P. Vinay Kumar, P Raman Singh, E. Sai Kiran and K. Dasu besides RTC driver P. Vasudev, conductor L. Ravinder Reddy and a driver of Dilsukhnagar depot, SK Jani Pasha.
Due to the ongoing TSRTC crisis, Ola and Uber cabs in the state would also go off the roads from October 19. As per reports, 50,000 cabs would go off the roads until their demands are met.
They are demanding that the government and taxi aggregator services charge a minimum fare of Rs 22 per km for the welfare of drivers.