Hundreds of employees of All Haryana Roadways Workers Joint Action Committee (AHRWJA) staged a protest at the bus stand here against the state government's decision to award bus permits to private players.
As per their declaration to gherao chief minister camp office at Ashoka Mor, activists marched towards the destination, but district administration officials and presence of barricades at Sheela bye-pass thwarted their plans.
AHRWJA state president Dalbir Kirmara told HT that they were assured by the district administration officials comprising Rohtak SDM Amardeep Jain and Meham SDM Munish Nagpal that their demands would be sent to state government.
Kirmara said they have been struggling against the state government's decision to sanction 3,519 bus permits to private players, as the said decision would affect the common masses. Explaining it, he said that in 1993, the Bhajan Lal government has sanctioned 900 permits to private players, after which the state government buses were taken off from the designated routes. The private players started charging travel fare as per their whims and fancies, to which the public expressed their resentment.
He said the government should pay attention to its own roadways department and add 6,200 new buses in its more than 3,000 fleet of buses.
On other demand, he said that they have also been demanding for regularisation of roadways staff recruited in 2008 and 2012 under the Staff Selection Commission by the government. He said the decision in this regard can give job security to over 8,000 employees.
AHRWJA warned that if their demands were not accepted till November10, then they would wear black badges from that day and would call upon a total 'Chakka-Jam' in the state on November 11 and 12.