Once again the passengers faced inconvenience, as the staff of the city bus service continued their strike on the third day on Monday. The conductors of city buses are opposing the installation of new software for computerised ticket machines by the MC. With this system MC wants to end discrepancies in ticket issuing.
With an aim to improve the financial condition of the city bus service, the management brought new software, which would generate a daily report, which could be read only by the authorised officials. According to the sources, MC faces a huge loss due to the alleged discrepancies in the issuing of tickets in the city buses.
The staff of city bus service claimed that they were unable to understand the functioning of new software due to which they couldn't check the record. But this all is leading to the harassment of passengers, as they were seen waiting for the buses at different bus stops in this scorching heat.
Balwinder Singh, a daily passenger, said, "It is very disappointing that the staff of city bus service goes on strike almost after every short period without thinking about the passengers. However, the service of autorickshaws was available, but the municipal corporation should also ensure that their staff does not go on strike."
A bus staff member, who along with other members, was on strike since Saturday, said, "We are opposing the new system, as it is difficult to keep the record of tickets. We are just asked to submit the money in the evening. But we cannot check the record of tickets. Besides, we are not getting salaries in time."
"This is not for the first time that the staff of city bus service was on strike. Earlier, they had also gone on strike around six-seven times," said Baljeet Singh, manager of city bus service.
Singh said, "Actually we have introduced new software to check the theft of amount collected after issuing the tickets. This software has been installed in the ticketing machines from which the data is transferred into computer system, but the computer operator even could not read the report. Earlier, the conductors and ticket checkers could check the record of issued tickets and amount collected, but not now."
"Only authorised officials can check the record of tickets and amount collected. If the amount submitted by a conductor does not match with the report, then conductor concerned will have to pay the penalty. With this software, nobody can dare to do any discrepancy or if anybody does then the report, generated with software, will disclose the discrepancy," he said.
He said, "We have now decided to take strict action against the employees on strike. These employees were recruited by an agency with which we had done an agreement."
According to the sources, the city bus staff members are now approaching the political leaders to get their support.
The officials of City Bus Service expected that some buses would be running on city roads from Tuesday. However, the conductors of city bus service were not ready to speak that whether they would continue strike or come back on work.