BENGALURU: Whereas the indefinite transport strike entered the fourth day on Saturday, neither the state authorities nor the workers’ union blinked. With the stalemate on, lakh of passengers continued to endure throughout the state, particularly these headed residence for Ugadi.
Nevertheless, State Transport Undertakings (STUs) operated extra buses on Saturday: 1,467 (until 6pm), in comparison with 855 on Friday. Of the 1,467 buses, KSRTC ran 710, BMTC 201, NEKRTC 350, and NWKRTC 206.
BMTC on Saturday dismissed 118 trainee and probationary workers. To this point, 334 BMTC staffers have been suspended for not reporting to responsibility. Individually, KSRTC on Saturday transferred 73 drivers and conductors, 4 visitors supervisory employees and 11 mechanical employees for not reporting to responsibility.
In the meantime, BMTC additionally launched an inventory of 1,772 workers, together with 998 drivers and 532 conductors, who’re over 55 years outdated, asking them to submit a medical health report by Monday. “There’s a clause which says workers above 55 years can proceed in service solely after they submit a medical health certificates. That is to show that they haven’t any well being points or imaginative and prescient drawback. Those that fail to take action by Monday might be thought-about retired from the organisation,” mentioned a BMTC official.
Nevertheless, many workers suppose it’s a stress tactic. “They issued a discover on Saturday to submit this report on Monday. How is it doable? Sunday is a vacation. They’re unnecessarily forcing us to go to hospitals in the course of the pandemic,” mentioned a BMTC conductor, who’s a part of the strike.
Nevertheless, a BMTC official mentioned a report from any medical skilled might be accepted, offered they submit it to the respective depots. “However they should bodily go to the depot. We hope to persuade at the very least half of these employees to report back to responsibility.”
Requested why BMTC was taking more durable measures in comparison with different STUs, he mentioned: “KSRTC, as an example, can switch its workers to different districts as punishment. However that’s not doable with BMTC, since workers are able to work wherever in Bengaluru. Final time, BMTC workers went on strike and others adopted. Actually, BMTC has extra trainee and probationary workers and they’re becoming a member of strikes even earlier than changing into everlasting.”
On Saturday too, the transport division allowed non-public operators to run with out permits amid rampant complaints of overcharging and poor frequency of companies. Passengers, significantly engineering college students showing for exams, had been the worst hit. Karnataka State Highway Transport Company Staff’ League, which launched the strike on Wednesday to press for a pay hike, mentioned they are going to stage demonstrations in entrance of taluk and district headquarters throughout the state on Monday.
Radhakrishna Holla, president, Karnataka State Journey Operators, mentioned: “Steady strike by transport workers will drive many passengers to shift to different modes of transport. As soon as they shift to coach or Metro, they might not return to buses because the different modes are safer and comfy.”
Personal operators protest
Some non-public operators protested at Majestic after STUs, together with KSRTC, started skeletal operations. “We aren’t getting sufficient passengers at bus terminals and now STUs are choosing up and dropping passengers, which is able to have an effect on us,” mentioned an operator.