Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)
Bengaluru, Apr 11: The transport employees agitation has entered the fifth day on Sunday April 11. The strike has hit people who were planning to spend time with families at their native places in the light of Ugadi and other festivals that have lined up. The number of passengers at KSRTC and BMTC bus stands has been increasing, but the passengers are not getting buses.
Even after five days of the agitation, no plausible solution is in sight. The government continues with its spree of transfer and dismissals of striking workers. As many as 60 trainee employees and 58 probationary staff have been dismissed. KSRTC has transferred 141 persons to other divisions. Seventeen persons from Haveri depot were also transferred.
On the fourth day of the agitation, 1,220 buses were operated. Even though private buses are running on certain routes, the people have not yet got accustomed to them. There are allegations that private buses are charging more fares.
Mangaluru: Number of operational KSRTC buses rising gradually
Even though the indefinite strike call given by the leaders of KSRTC Employees Union continues to be in operation n pursuance of their demand for the implementation of the recommendations of the sixth pay commission, the number of government buses being operated from both Mangaluru and Puttur divisions of KSRTC are showing gradual increase.
From Mangaluru, buses are operating on Saturday evening, 46 out of 263 buses of Puttur division were operational. A limited number of buses were run to Bengaluru, Hassan, Myusuru, Madikeri Kasargod etc. Private buses were run on Puttur, Uppinangady, Vittal, Dharmasthala and other routes.
As many as 15 driving staff and two technical staff were transferred to internal department for not following rules and not porting for work. Nine trainees have also been dismissed. In Putrur division, 21 driving staff, a person from administration and one technical staff have been shifted to the internal department. Two driving staff have been dismissed from service, said KSRTC officials.
In Udupi, five buses to Bengaluru, three to Mysuru, two to Hubballi and two to Karkala were run. The staff there said that they expect more employees to report back to work on Sunday.