Naresh to SRTC staff: It’s your last chance
TRANSPORT MINISTER Naresh Agarwal on Monday gave the last chance to the agitating employees of the UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) to disassociate themselves from the state-wide ‘chakka jaam’ scheduled from the midnight of July 18/19.
He said that stringent action, including lodging of criminal cases under the ESMA, termination of services and arrest under the National Security Act (NSA), would be taken against them. He, however, said that doors were open to resolve every issue through negotiations and advised the employees not to be misguided by certain ‘people’ who were leading the agitation under the garb of the employees’ leaders. Naresh claimed that majority of UPSRTC unions, including the UPSRTC Sayunkt Parishad, the largest group, had already informed him that they were not siding with the agitating employees. Those who participated in a day’s token strike and were sacked could be taken back if they give in writing that they were misguided and were ready to resume duty.
He underlined the need for a referendum to identify fake unions in the corporation, which were being used by some anti-social elements.
He said that alternative arrangements had been made to ensure smooth plying of buses. Anybody found creating hindrance in plying the buses would be dealt with an iron hand, he said.
He also said the strike would be a complete failure as majority of employees and their unions were against the stir.
District magistrates had been directed to keep a watch on the employees and their leaders. They were also asked to take strict action against the employees found indulging in disruptive activities.
Highlighting various decisions taken in favour of the employees in the last two years, the Transport Minister said that dues worth Rs 73.14 crores and Rs 74.45 crores were cleared in 2004-05 and 2005-06. A sum of Rs 28.98 crore was paid as increased DA. Even the daily wagers and part-time employees were being paid a minimum salary of Rs 3,714.56, including DA and uniform.The arrears due to them following implementation of the Vth Pay Commission recommendations was being cleared on regular basis. Under the circumstances, there was no justification of the strike.