The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has submitted as many as 300 permits for its active routes in Punjab to the government. The move by the PRTC management did not go down well with its employees who, during a meeting at Ludhiana depot on Wednesday, criticised the government for side-lining interests of thousands of employees.
PRTC Workers Union (independent) members discussed the issue of submission of permits at the meeting and warned if their demands were not met on time, they would hold the state-wide protests in the following weeks.
Rajbeer Singh, president, PRTC Workers Union (independent), Ludhiana, said, “The PRTC management committee, buckled under the political pressure, submitted most of its permits to the government. Interestingly, most of the permits submitted to the government are routes that generate maximum revenue, which are likely to be allocated to private bus companies later.”
Instead of introducing buses for the corporation, the management committee is planning to introduce new kilometre scheme buses that would further deteriorate the situation.
Singh said, “The PRTC is in dire need of more buses to operate successfully in state, but without paying any heed towards the issue in question, the management is busy in introducing new buses under the kilometre scheme, which would negate the interests of its employees and would incur huge losses.
Singh also said that just to entertain the vested interests of political parties, the higher management at PRTC was playing puppet at their hands.