Shimla, Sep 14
On the call of the Himachal Transport Employees Joint Coordination Committee, number of transport employees sat on Dharna before HRTC State Headquarter here today. Khemendra Gupta, Secretary, Transport Employees Joint Coordination Committee said in a press release that protest was successful as large number of employees sat on Dharna to press their long pending demands.
He said that JAC is protesting against non-implementation of agreements made in the year 2016 regarding release of pending financial payments of about Rs 500 crore to the employees.
The accumulated dues are pending in the form of 13 pc Interim Relief (IR) from Jan 2016, four pc IR from Jan 2019, five pc IR from July 2016 and six pc IR from July 2021, total Dearness Allowance ( DA ) 15 per cent , 32 months night over time, pension, gratuity commutation, leave encashment, GPF, medical reimbursement, many types of arrears etc., he added.
“Employees are feeling cheated as payment of financial dues are mounting day by the day.” he alleged.
In addition to the financial demands, Protesters are seeking action against those officials who are involved in corruption, To bring employees serving on Peace Meal basis under lump sum contract, restoring the initial pay scale of Rs 9880/- as before, giving the initial pay scale to the operators and the benefit of the ACP scheme, in the corporation.
Immediate filling of the vacant posts, closure of buses running on VAT (Value Added Transport) lease, provision for pension in the budget of the state government, restoration of old pension scheme, nationalization of passenger transport, complete ban on granting private route permit.
Employees are demanding to stopping harassment of protesting employees, withdrawing all action taken against them, negotiations on the demand letter of the committee given on 05-08-2021.
They alleged that many problems are pending to be resolved but the corporation management is not taking any action. Under the aegis of Joint action committee unanimously decided to express their anger against the management of the corporation and on Oct 18, 2021, the employees of the corporation would boycott theirwork holding Kam Chhodo Andolon ( Quit Work Movement ) for a day. Currently JOC have given the call of daily gate meeting in every unit, he added.