SRTC employees go on strike

Public transport services hit

Jammu, Apr 10: Services of the Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) were badly hit today as the employees went on a strike demanding immediate implementation of the 6th Pay Commission scales.
 Led by General Secretary Paramjit Singh, over 250 staffers, including drivers and conductors, assembled at the organisation's headquarters here where they sat on a dharna against the government's alleged failure to grant them benefits under the 6th Pay Commission.
 Both intra and inter-state public transport services were affected by the strike.
 Singh told reporters that their protest was also over the government's non-payment of dearness allowance for years. "Unless the government fulfils our demand within a week, we will resort to an indefinite strike. The government will be responsible
 for losses and problems caused to people on account of the strike," Singh warned.
 Meanwhile, Minister for CA&PD and Transport, Ch. Muhammad Ramzan directed the Corporation to ply fleet of 93 buses more on district routes of the J&K immediately to provide best transport service and safe journey to the commuters.
 The decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting here this afternoon, convened to review the working of JKSRTC. The Minister said that the decision has been taken due to the tremendous demand of the people for plying SRTC bus fleet on major routes of the State with the objective for ensuring safer journey. Ramzan directed RTO, Kashmir and Jammu to provide a proper time slot and proper space in bus terminals at the earliest to the corporation bus fleet so that they can immediately ply their fleet on their respective routes. He further directed to identify the routes with the consultation of local public representatives.
 With regard to minimum detention of buses in SRTC workshops, the Minister directed the corporation to upgrade their workshops by involving latest workshop technologies for speedy repairs of the vehicles. He said the working of the workshops should be monitored on day to day basis and stressed that 10 percent detention of buses should be maximum limit in these workshops.
 In order to bring efficacy in the system and for ensuring accountability and transparency in the corporation, the Minister released documents namely Recruitment Regulations, employee discipline and conduct regulations 2012, Manual of Operations and Service Condition Rules and Regulations of J&K SRTC.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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