Nearly 60 bus drivers who had been benched for colour blindness are being reinstated by the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking, after receiving clearance from the state medical ophthalmology board in JJ Hospital.
In 2012, BEST medical officials reassessed the medical records of onboard staff including drivers and conductors, to bring down human errors in accident cases.
During the recheck, they found that 142 drivers suffering from colour blindness had been working for six years after their initial tests, till March 30, 2013.
These 142 drivers were amongst the 800 drivers recruited in 2007 on daily wages and were subsequently given permanent driving jobs in 2009. Following the re-assessment, the drivers were kept from driving and were asked to undergo medical examinations at JJ Hospital.
“A section of the drivers have been cleared by the medical board at JJ Hospital and are fit to drive. The remaining staff found unfit for driving will be reassigned as conductors or be given alternate work,” said OP Gupta, general manager , BEST.
A total of 70 drivers have been confirmed as fit for the job, of which 60 have been reinstated while 10 will be re-instated shortly.
The reports of 20 drivers are still to come while 49 have been declared unfit for the job.
However, BEST chairman Sanjay Ambole denied that there has been any such development of any such development, “There has been no progress in the 142 colour-blind drivers case, we have not reinstated any drivers.”