Days after the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee advertised to hire 3,000 drivers at “double than usual salaries”, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has also jumped on the bandwagon to recruit trained drivers for its fleet.
Falling short of almost 3,500 skilled drivers, the DTC has decided to increase remuneration to attract trained and experienced men it intends to hire on contract.
“The DTC board has decided to increase the salary of contractual drivers from Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 14,000 a month. We hope it will help us filling the vacancies faster,” a senior DTC official said.
These drivers will be hired for a period of 89 days and the contract can be renewed. The salaries of DTC’s permanent drivers start at Rs. 14,000. The corporation had earlier decided to pay lesser salaries to contractual drivers.
DTC chairman cum managing director Naresh Kumar said the corporation wanted to give “remuneration to commensurate with the efforts the drivers would be putting in on Delhi roads.”
DTC sources said the corporation needed drivers urgently but not many were interested to work for it.
“There are agencies that are ready to pay better salaries than DTC. The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Tata Motors are looking for 3,000 people and are willing to pay about Rs. 15,000 a month to them.
Radio taxi operators are strengthening their fleet and are offering good salaries and commission.
Even the Blueline operators are paying almost a Rs. 1,000 a day to its drivers. Why would anyone come and work for DTC then?” a senior DTC official said requesting anonymity.
DTC has a fleet of 5,300 buses, including 2,700 low floor buses. There are about 11,500 drivers.
With 1,000 more low floor buses likely to be added to the DTC’s fleet before the Commonwealth Games and some old buses expected to be phase out, DTC will have about 6,000 buses by October this year.
According to rules, the corporation needs 2.5 drivers per bus to use its fleet effectively. With a deficit of almost 3,500 drivers, DTC is on a desperate search for good drivers.