Kolkata : State Transport Department takes initiative to address problem created by temporary bus staff of SBSTC. Today, the Minister of Transport will hold a meeting in the presence of the leader of the ruling party’s trade union.
No government buses are leaving from Durgapur and Medinipur depots due to protest movement by temporary bus workers. Only one bus left from Medinipur depot on Wednesday morning. The temporary workers of SBSTC have gone on strike with several demands, including pay hike, minimum 26 days of work in a month. They are protesting in front of the bus depot. The movement is going on with the flag of the Trinamool labor organization. Due to this, there is deadlock in West Medinipur Bus Depot and West Burdwan Durgapur Bus Depot.
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State Transport Minister Snehashis Chakraborty has called a meeting today to solve the problem. The Digha-Kolkata government bus has been closed since the day before yesterday due to the movement of temporary workers. The temporary workers have shut down the South Bengal State Transport Depot with multiple demands including salary increase. Harassed tourists and commuters. The Trinamool-led labor organization INTTUC has warned of continuous agitation if the demands are not met. BJP has already criticized this issue. Transport Minister Snehashis Chakraborty said, “Buses are one of the modes of public transport. Many people depend on these government buses in the state. SBSTC buses connect the remote areas of South Bengal. The decision not to run buses there is not appropriate. The problem should be resolved through a sit-down discussion.”
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Now is the festive season! Tourists are flocking to Digha. But, Digha-Kolkata government bus service is closed at such time. Closed South Bengal State Transport Corporation depot. The temporary workers of the depot have stopped the bus service. SBSTC buses on Digha-Kharagpur, Digha-Barasat, Digha-Durgapur routes. Due to which the tourists are in trouble. The protest by the temporary workers was mainly to stop the bus service and demand increase in salary, number of buses and working days.
According to sources, earlier 90 buses of South Bengal State Transport Corporation were running from Digha depot. After the lockdown it has reduced to 14. 175 temporary workers work at Digha depot. Allegedly, they are getting work only 10-12 days a month due to reduction in the number of buses. As a result, income has reached the bottom. The local grassroots labor organization is standing by the agitating workers. Same picture at Durgapur Depot. There are no buses connecting Bankura, Kolkata, Purulia, Birbhum, Murshidabad.
Published by:Raima Chakraborty
First published: September 22, 2022, 10:27 IST
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