October 20, 2018 08:44 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has appealed to the representatives  and office-bearers of Haryana Roadways Employees Unions to join their  duty immediately keeping in view  the festival season and  also the problems  being faced by the general public. The Government is always ready to hold discussions with them.

All the Unions’ office-bearers have been appealed to  come to the office of Director General, State Transport, Haryana located on second floor, 30-bays building, Sector 17-B, Chandigarh at 12 noon on October 21, 2018 (Sunday) for discussion with the  Director General and officers of the department.  Their genuine demands would be considered sympathetically and action would be taken to fulfill them.

The continuous five days strike by Haryana Roadways employees since October 16 has caused inconvenience to the general public in their daily routine work. It is our Constitutional and moral responsibility that any of our acts should not create problem for the general public. In festival season, on not getting cheap, convenient and reliable travel facility by the Haryana State Transport, public resentment is understandable.

The representatives of Haryana Roadways Employees Unions have this misconception that by hiring 700 buses of private bus owners would lead to privatization of the department and the employees would be sorted out. Whereas this is not true as the buses hired from private bus owners will have conductors from the department only. Thus according to the norms of the department, 980 conductors would be recruited for these buses. The fare charged from the passengers of these buses would be deposited to the state exchequer.

The owners of these buses would be paid as per the fixed rate of the various depots (from Rs 31.01 to Rs 37.30 per km). It is not a stage carriage or contract carriage scheme. In fact, under Public Private Partnership mode, 700 additional buses would be added to the fleet of Haryana State Transport so that the general public would get cheaper, reliable and convenient transport facility.

It is pertinent to mention here that these buses hired on per kilometer basis would not be given any permit and these buses would ply on the permit and fixed routes of Haryana Roadways buses. Inspite of this, some representatives of Haryana Roadways Employees Unions are on strike. The state government always protects the interest of the employees but it is also the priority and moral responsibility of the State Government to provide better facilities to the people of the state.

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