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A day of harassment as school van operators proceed on strike

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2014 13:29 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times

A day after the district transport officer (DTO) took action against school vans for violating the Supreme Court directions, private van operators sat on strike on Friday causing much harassment to students and their parents.

The road in front of the school remained chock-a-block for one hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon with parents being forced to pick and drop their wards.The situation was worse in the afternoon as the kindergarten school finished at 12:30pm and senior classes got off at 1:30pm.The school has a strength of 6,000 students and more than 4,000 students use school buses and vans for transportation.

Manvi Bansal, a parent, said, “My two daughters are studying in this school. I first went to pick my daughter, who is studying in UKG, at 12:30pm and then again went to the school to pick my other daughter at 1:30pm, who is studying in Class 5. The parents need to unite and talk to the school authorities, as if the van operators’ strike continues for long, it will cause huge inconvenience to parents.”

Another parent, Hardeep Ahuja, said, “I had to leave work to pick my son from school. If the strike continues, I would prefer not sending my son to school. Whenever we try to meet the principal, we are not allowed. So what is the solution to this problem?”

The School Bus Welfare Association, BRS Nagar, has submitted a memorandum to the DTO and deputy commissioner (DC), which states that the school principal is not providing permits to them, urging the officials to help them get permits so that they can continue their van service.

Jaspal Singh, a private van operator, said, “I am driving van for the past eight years, and on Thursday, the DTO challaned my van as I don’t have a permit. We have requested the school principal to provide us permits several times, but she refused. So, what should we do?”

When contacted, school principal Sister Chantal refused to comment.