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Passengers face tough time in Haryana as roadways employeesobserve strike

Bus passengers in Haryana faced a tough time with around 20,000 employees of the Haryana Roadways today going on a day-long strike, protesting against the state government's decision to introduce 700 private buses.


PTI 07 Aug 2018, 04:37 PM India

Bus passengers in Haryana faced a tough time with around 20,000 employees of the Haryana Roadways today going on a day-long strike, protesting against the state government's decision to introduce 700 private buses.

Nearly 4,000 buses in Haryana remained off roads, hitting inter-state and intra-state services, agitating employees claimed.

Haryana Transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar said there was no proposal to privatize roadways services.

On the view of the unions that the state government would hire over 700 buses and carry out privatization of the department, the minister clarified in a statement here that privatization was “not on the table”.

Employees under the banner of Haryana Roadways Karamchari Joint Action Committee held protests and demonstrations at several bus depots including those in Rohtak, Jind, Sirsa, Rewari and raised slogans against the state government.

"There was a complete strike and around 4,000 buses did not ply on any route in the state at all. Our day-long strike has been successful. 20,000 employees of Haryana Roadways participated in this strike," said Haryana Roadways Workers Union, general secretary, Sarbat Singh Punia.

Agitating employees said they would not allow the Haryana government to launch 700 private buses in the state as it would lead to privatization of the transport department.

"We want the Haryana government to withdraw its decision of introducing 700 private buses in the state," he said.

They said the government should instead increase the number of buses under the roadways department.

Protesting employees were also against the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, 2017, and they claimed it would promote privatization of bus services.

"We have also been demanding the filling of 6,500 vacant posts lying in transport department," he said.

The transport minister said every year about 250 to 300 buses outlive their shelf life and these were declared waste on the completion of seven years, or for having covered 8 lakh kilometers.

"The drivers of 720 buses which are being hired will be deputed by the bus owners whereas conductors will be deputed by the department. Permit of the buses will be issued by the Transport Department and the general manager will have entire control over them,” said Panwar.

The minister said action would be taken against bus drivers who were on probation if they joined the strike.

Police personnel was deployed at several bus stands in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of the day-long strike.

Punia said they will hold a meeting in Jind tomorrow to deliberate on the next course of action if the state government did not accede to their demands.

The drivers recruited in 2018 and are on probation and action would be initiated against them if they go on strike. If any employee who is on probation joins the strike, his services could be terminated, the minister warned.

Punia further said the state government has issued notices to over 1,600 drivers who participated in the strike.

"We will again hold a protest if the state government harasses 1,628 drivers who are on a probation period," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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