JNN, Chandigarh. Private buses running illegally on the roads will be impounded as the buses of Haryana Roadways. Police cases will also be registered against the owners of these buses without permits. Transport Minister Moolchand Sharma directed the Additional Chief Secretary to conduct a checking operation with immediate effect. At the district level, if an officer commits a felony, he should be suspended.
The issue was raised in a meeting with the Transport Minister by the officials of the Roadways Coordination Committee at the Haryana Secretariat. After talking to the staff leaders, Transport Minister Moolchand Sharma interacted with BJP MLA Rajesh Nagar of Tigaon. Sharma and Nagar villages fall in the Chaurasi area of Faridabad.
Moolchand Sharma admitted in conversation that due to the negligence of some officials of the department, crores of rupees are being lost every month. Senior leaders of Haryana Roadways Employees Synergy Committee, Dalbir Kiramara, Indra Singh Badhana, Virender Singh Dhankhar, Anoop Sehrawat, Sharabat Singh Poonia, Pahl Singh Tanwar, Dinesh Hooda and Krishna Suhag submitted memorandum of 26 demands to the minister.
On the dispute over driver-conductors’ transfers, the Transport Minister said that surplus staff will be localized. Buses in the department are 3636, while drivers are 6626 and conductors 6182. Faridabad depot alone has 172 driver surplus. All the drivers and operators have been asked to give the option of the station of their choice so that they can be changed to take their services.
Government will buy one thousand new buses
Transport Minister informed that the government will buy one thousand new buses for roadways. Approval has been given to purchase 367 buses before 31 March. Of these, 100 buses will soon join the fleet of roadways, while the process for the remaining buses is underway. After taking district-wise feedback from the employee leaders, he said that the legitimate demands would be considered sympathetically. He said that the travelers of the state are getting a chance to travel at 87 paise per km, whereas in Punjab, the fare is one rupee 14 paise and in Himachal Pradesh about one and a half rupees per km. Even after this, there is no proposal to increase the fare of buses in the state.