MSRTC strike: Black paint thrown on Maha transport minister Anil Parab’s house

  • The MSRTC employees began the strike on October 27 over delayed salaries and deaths of several staffers by suicide. They have been demanding a salary hike, merger of the MSRTC with the Maharashtra government, and an increase in dearness and house rent allowances.
Maharashtra transport minister Anil Parab met with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and state deputy CM Ajit Pawar, among others, to discuss the ongoing MSRTC employee strike. (HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra transport minister Anil Parab met with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and state deputy CM Ajit Pawar, among others, to discuss the ongoing MSRTC employee strike. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 03:33 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Around four to five Janshakti Sangathan workers, who are protesting over the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) strike issue, smeared black oil paint on the official residence of state transport minister Anil Parab on Tuesday.

According to a video clip shared by news agency ANI, the Janshakti Sangathan workers were removed from the premises of Parab’s house and have now been detained.

This comes after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday held a meeting with Parab, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, and MSRTC officers to discuss the demands of the striking workers. According to reports, Parab said that the meeting focused on finding a solution in which the workers’ demands as well as passengers’ convenience will be catered to.

The strike by MSRTC workers has been ongoing since October 27 and though it was called off later, some staffers continued the agitation, impacting operations of MSRTC bus fleet and revenue generation. A report published in Hindustan Times two weeks ago showed that the state transport corporation has suffered losses to the tune of 126.49 crore, with the daily average loss pegged between 10 crore and 25 crore.

The striking unions began the stir following the delay in the payment of their salaries and deaths of several staffers by suicide in the past one year. They have been demanding a salary hike, merger of MSRTC with the Maharashtra government, and increase in dearness and house rent allowances.

Meanwhile, the Bombay high court has ordered the protesting MSRTC employees to consider the inconvenience their stir was causing to the state’s students and villagers. It has also asked each of the 26 striking unions to meet the three-member panel constituted by the court, and put forth their grievances and demands before it over the next few days.

The high court has sought a preliminary report from the panel on December 20, and also asked the striking staffers to come up with a resolution by the same timeline.

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