HRTC employees cancel strike, management bows to demands

Shimla/ June 18

Himachal Roadways Transport  Employees  now have decided to not to go on 48 hours long proposed strike on June 19  and June 20 as the  many of their demands were accepted  in a meeting held with Transport Minister and other high officials here on Monday.

This was revealed by the Transport Minister Mahender Singh Thakur while interacting with media after holding a meeting with the members of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of HRTC employees.

He was also accompanied by president, JAC, Shankar Thakur.

Transport Minister informed that the HRTC management has accepted the demand of JAC to convert the Corporation into Roadways on the pattern of Punjab and a high power committee would be constituted within 15 days. This would submit its report with in a period of six months, he added.

He said that government has already released addition grant of Rs. 50 crore to pay the arrear of HRTC employees and it would be released shortly as the directions has already been issued to all concerned.

“The government has decided to allot all the routes on fifty fifty basis to HRTC and private transporters, which was also one of the demands of JAC,” transport minister added.

He informed that it was also agreed in the meeting that 20 percent of grant being given by the Government would be deposited in the Pension Trust an in future one paisa per kilometre of the charges being taken from the passengers would be deposited in the Pension Trust. In case after that if there was shortfall in the pension trust the Government would consider to meet it, he added.

Transport Minister also assured that the all the vacant posts would be filled up in two phases and rest of the pending matters would be solved in the meeting of Board of Directors of HRTC. He assured that no disciplinary action would be taken against the HRTC employees who participated in the strike on June 5.