Commuters bear brunt of day-long strike by Haryana Roadways employees
Nearly 4,000 buses in the state remained off roads, hitting inter-state and intra-state services.
Commuters in Haryana had a harrowing time today as around 20,000 Haryana Roadways employees went on a day-long strike in protest against the state government's decision to introduce 700 private buses in the state.
Employees under the banner of Haryana Roadways Karamchari Joint Action Committee even held protests and demonstrations at several bus depots including Rohtak, Jind, Sirsa, Rewari and raised slogans against the state government.
Police personnel was deployed at several buses stands to prevent any untoward incident.
"Our day-long strike has been successful... Around 4,000 buses did not ply on any route in the state and 20,000 employees of Haryana Roadways participated," said Haryana Roadways Workers Union, general secretary, Sarbat Singh Punia.
The protesters also expressed their dejection over the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2017 alleging that it would promote privatization of bus services.
"We have also been demanding the filling of 6,500 vacant posts lying vacant in transport department," he said.
He further said the government has issued notices to over 1,600 drivers who participated in the strike.
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