Scores of employees of the Karnal depot of Haryana roadways suspended work on Saturday against the alleged decision of the state government to private several routes.
Roadway employees union leader Ravi Shankar said the Congress government had violated the earlier commitment to hold deliberations with the coordination committee comprising ministers, bureaucrats and union leaders.
He said as a section of roadways employees at Kaithal protested against the “indifferent” attitude of the state government, they were booked under various criminal sections.Shankar said the state body of the union had given a call for indefinite strike and all depots had been asked to join the agitation.
“The state government has decided to give licences to 3,519 private buses. This is breach of trust and the government was eyeing to benefit its own men,” he said.
Meanwhile, the sudden strike by the roadways staff left commuters high and dry. People had to board overcrowded private buses on the inter-district routes whereas buses from other states, plying on the NH-1, were also filled to capacity.
The district administration deployed ample police at the bus stand to maintain law and order.