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Case to regularize contractual drivers & conductors of roadways sent to Cabinet sub-committee: Laljit Singh Bhullar

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, September 21

Punjab Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Wednesday, informed that the case pertaining to regularization of contractual drivers and conductors in Punjab Roadways/Punbus has been sent to the three-member Cabinet sub-committee constituted by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann for the regularization of the employees.

Bhullar said this in response to the demand raised by the members of employees unions, while he was presided over a meeting with the representatives of Punjab Roadways Punbus/PRTC Contract Workers Union, Punjab Roadways/Punbus State Transport Workers Union, Punjab Government Transport Workers Union and Punjab Roadways/Punbus Azad Workers Union at his office here at Punjab Civil Secretariat.

“As per the decision of the Cabinet sub-committee, all the eligible candidates will be regularized”, assured the Cabinet Minister, saying that the Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann-led government has recently decided to regularize around nine thousand employees of the state. The Minister also directed Secretary Transport to take immediate action for the posts to be filled on compassionate ground in the Punjab Roadways/Punbus.

On the demand of the contractual and outsourced employees, the Cabinet Minister instructed the department officials to consider jobs to kin of deceased contractual drivers and conductors in the department, who died in the line of duty. He assured it is the primary duty of the government to secure the future of the family of the deceased employee and the government will take a positive decision on this issue. He also said that the government will ask outsource contractor and concerned bank to chalk out an insurance plan, especially for these employees besides ensuring ESI and other facilities to them. Acknowledging another demand of the drivers and conductors, the Transport Minister also directed the officials to increase the night stay remuneration for the employees going on long routes.

On the issue of plying private buses illegally, the cabinet minister instructed the higher authorities to personally monitor the drive against such perpetrators. He also said that the public bus service should never be stopped on busy routes with a high influx of people.

Secretary Transport Vikas Garg, Director State Transport Amandeep Kaur, AMD PRTC Charanjot Singh and Deputy Director Transport Parneet Singh Minhas and other officials were present during the meeting. Directs SSP for strict action against police personnel who beat conductor.

Taking serious notice of the manhandling of PRTC conductor Harwinder Singh by police personnel at Naushehra Pannuan, Transport Minister Bhullar directed SSP Tarn Taran to take strict action against the accused. He also sent a video of the incident to the SSP, in which the police personnel is seen severely beating the conductor. He said that such incidents against any employee of the transport department will not be tolerated.

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