Roadways Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad (RKSP) has once again raised its demands for clearing the pending salaries and less number of drivers in Uttarakhand Transport Corporation. The Parishad is planning to go on an indefinite strike at UTC office from October 15.
General secretary of RKSP, Dinesh Pant said, “It’s been more than three months now but UTC employees have still not been paid their salaries. We are over worked and under tremendous pressure and on top of that we are not being paid on time. A lot of employees are undergoing financial crisis but the department concerned is still giving excuses and turning us over from one office to another.”
He further said, “Now that the 300 new buses will be operational here, authorities will forget about the maintenance of those buses which still have the capacity to run. As the number of drivers is limited, most will operate new buses and the rest of the buses will be turned to condemned state. This is a clear wastage of tax payers money. The transport management in the state is deteriorating with each passing day.”
He added, “Presently, 1265 UTC buses are operational, among which 1000 are owned by UTC. For these 1000 buses we presently require at least 300 drivers. However, after the new 300 buses the required number of drivers will be more than 600. As for longer routes two drivers are mandatory.”
It is pertinent to mention here that on October 3 and 4, the Parishad is planning to organise two days protest at all 34 primary branches. On October 11, at all three divisional offices in Tanakpur, Nainital and Dehradun will protest and raise their demands.
It is worth mentioning here that though there has been a rise in the number of taxis operating in different parts of the State, roadways buses are considered the transport lifeline especially in the mountainous regions since they also operated in remote rural areas.
Friday, 27 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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