Har Roadways employees call off strike after govt accepts demand

The protestors are agitated by this initiative of the state government stating it as Haryana Government's way to privatise the transportation services in the state. They have been on an indefinite strike since Monday night over issuance of permits to private operators.

While the union was protesting against the permits to private operators, the government held that the roadways had about 3,500 buses against the requirement of 13,000 buses and the permits to the private operators was to meet the commuters' convenience.

Employee unions said the strike would continue till the government scraps bus permits given to private players.

In the wake of not letting the private transportation begin across the Haryana state, the employees of the Haryana Roadways have started off with chakka jam strike on Monday afternoon.

The stand-off between agitating employees of Haryana Roadways came to an end on Thursday as transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar announced to frame new transport policy in consultation with them. "The strike is unjustified as we have not given new permits to private players", said S S Dhillon, additional chief secretary (transport).

Also, the protestors chakka jammed in front of the private buses when they tried to operate their buses Jind district.

Mr Dhillon said orders have been issued to all private operators to install GPS systems in 853 private buses within 48 hours.

Almost 4,200 Haryana roadways buses were not plying on 1,300 routes for the past four days, giving tough time to commuters as over 13 lakh passengers use to travel in Haryana roadways every day.

All private bus operators are providing service to reduce people's inconvenience. "It has also been agreed upon to form a fresh transport policy with the involvement of roadways union representatives, besides others", he added.

He said 300 buses have already been purchased which are being fabricated in Gurugram and tender for purchase of 300 more buses is in final state.

He said the government is working for the welfare of its employees, including the state roadways which requires about 13,500 buses for providing passenger transport services. In addition, 300 buses would be added to the roadways fleet during the current financial year.

  • Zachary Reyes