Karnataka: Transport union opposes plan to lease 2,000 buses | Bengaluru News – Times of India

“The government’s plan to lease 2,000 buses after the 15-day strike is an old wine in a new bottle. (TOI)

BENGALURU: The KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation, which is affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), has opposed the state government’s move to lease 2,000 buses to four state-run bus corporations.
In a letter to the CM, HV Anantha Subbarao, federation president, cited a recent TOI report on the issue and said: “The government’s plan to lease 2,000 buses after the 15-day strike is an old wine in a new bottle. When JH Patel was the CM, four STUs leased buses from private operators on a per km basis and this resulted in corruption.”
He said several accidents were reported due to rash and negligent driving and the leasing model was later scrapped. “In fact, private operators didn’t pay salaries to those drivers on time. There was no PF or incentives and they eventually went on a strike. The company too wound up their operations.”
He said the state government should fund transport corporations on an annual basis. “A good working environment should be created and corruption should be eradicated at the depot level. The issues of workers should be resolved through negotiations with recognized union,” he added.
Subbarao also demanded the state transport undertakings disburse gratuity to the workers without further delay.

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