The conductors of the City Bus Service carried out a protest march against the MC and a private company that operates and maintains city buses, on Monday.
They also submitted a memorandum regarding their demands to the deputy commissioner (DC).
They raised slogans against the MC and the private firm and carried out a protest march from the City Bus office on Gill Road to the DC’s office.
The conductors are opposing the installation of new software for the computerised ticket machines by the MC.
However, the City Bus Service manager claimed that the software was installed to stop alleged thefts by conductors while issuing tickets to passengers.
Sarbajit Singh, a senior member, the city bus staff, said, “We are demanding to withdraw the installation of new software as it would result in more discrepancies and we would have to pay from our pockets. We wouldn’t even be able to tally the total amount with respect to the number of tickets issued. In case, the collected amount is less or more the total number of tickets issued, we would be forced to pay the penalty. It is sheer injustice.”
“Some of the conductors have not got their salaries for the past seven months but the MC has never paid attention. In absence of a proper arrangement for us, we are becoming sick but no one cares. On one hand, they pay us paltry salary but on the other hand, they accuse us for theft,” said another protesting conductor.
In the memorandum submitted to the DC, the conductors have demanded that they should be provided uniforms and should be allowed to submit the cash collected at the MC’s office near the bus stand.
It is worth mentioning that the City Bus Service management had written to the private company concerned to recruit new conductors in place of these protesting conductors.
City bus manager Baljeet Singh earlier had also claimed that the services of the conductors had been suspended.
Meanwhile, with over a 100 conductors on strike, passengers are a harried lot as the bus service in the city has completely crippled after the strike by the suspended conductors.