HRTC employees decide to hold chakka jam for 48 hours, talks fail
Shimla/ June 12
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) employees have ultimately decided to go ahead with the Chakka Jam for 48 hours on June 19 and June 20 after a meeting between the representatives of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of HRTC employees and HRTC management failed to conclude positively on Tuesday. The members of the JAC walked out of the meeting in protest as their main demands were not considered by the management.
The HRTC employees were demanding the regularisation of service of contract employees after the service of 3 years and converting the Corporation into Raodways on the pattern of Punjab. The management showed its helplessness in accepting their demands.
The meeting was presided over by the Transport Minister, Mahender Singh Thakur. This was second meeting of HRTC employees with the government, which totally failed.
Secretary Finance Shrikant Baldi, Managing Director HRTC Dhruv Vashisth, Secretary Transport Authority, B.L Raghav and others also participated in the meeting.
Sources said that some of the demands were also accepted in the meeting by the HRTC management.
“HRTC management is ready to pay pending arrear of HRTC employees and government has already released a grant of Rs. 50 crore to clear the arrear. I have passed instruction to the concerned authorities to release the pending arrear with immediate effect,” he added.
“It requires a total budget of Rs. 70 crore to clear all pending arrear of HRTC employees and I have also written to the chief minister to provide additional budget of Rs. 20 crore to clear all the arrear” he informed.
“We have already increased the overtime and night time allowances of drivers and conductors,” he added.
Transport Minister said that it was not possible for the management to accept the demand of converting “Corporation” into “Roadways” on the pattern of Punjab in the hilly state like Himachal.
He said that the JAC’s demand of regularisation of services of contract employees after a service of three years was also not genuine. All the contract employees in all the government departments were being regularised after a service of 8 years and it is not possible to adopt a separate policy of regularisation in HRTC, transport minster added.