Shimla/ November 19
The only medium of transportation in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh is again going to crippling from November 20.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) employees on Monday have agian decided to resort to the principal of work-to- rule from November 20.
This decision was taken by Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of HRTC employees after failure of talks with the government and management to resolve the impasse over various long pending demands.
The all the drivers and conductors have decided to not to performing duty after eight hours. If HRTC management fails to provide relievers then these bus routes are surely to affect partially or totally.
In the three hour long meeting between members of JCC and HRTC Management no consensus could be arrived. The meeting with HRTC management ended with the boycott by the JAC members. The agitated HRTC employees also staged a protest in front of HRTC headquarters and shout slogans against the management.
It is worth mentioning that the JCC had given a call to eight-hour duty by resorting to the work-to-rule principle throughout the state from November 20 to protest against the callous attitude of the HRTC management to the implementation of demands.
Sources said that by resorting to the principal of work –to- rule by the drivers and conductors of HRTC through out the state more than 500 long routes of bus services were likely to affect on first day especially night bus services.
In HRTC more than 4000 drivers and conductors are playing crucial role in providing bus services to the people of the state.
“After a prolonged agitation of HRTC employees, the state government and the JCC signed an agreement on June 18, wherein the Transport Minister assured the employees to meet their demands,” JCC president Shankar Singh Thakur said.
“The state government had agreed to grant dearness allowance to all contractual employees, give grade pay and 4-9-14 time scale, regularise the service of contractual employees after six years, pay for overtime, recruit more staff to ease work and allow weekly offs and holidays,” he said.
He added that the HRTC management has not met any of these demands. No contractual employee has been regularised, night allowance and overtime payment have not been paid as per the agreement and weekly offs are not being allowed due to shortage of staff, employee leader added.
JCC leader said all HRTC employees are united and determined to meet their demands.
Chief General Manager of HRTC, Biri Singh said that the process to regularize the services of contractual employees in the HRTC is under process and we have assured JCC to meet their genuine demands before December 20.
“We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that bus service will remain unaffected on November 20 and directions to all concerned have been already issued,” he claimed.