8 to 5 Protest
Yamunanagar, November 29
The Haryana Roadways Workers Union and Sarv Karmchari Sangh (SKS)have given the token-strike call in protest against the challans of roadways buses by the Delhi traffic police.
Union leaders have alleged that the Delhi police challans Haryana buses as they are not allowed to “enjoy” free travel in Haryana buses and with a sole motive to “harass” the drivers.
The roadways does not pay the challan and it is the driver who has to pay the challan (Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000) from his pocket, they said.
Mr M. Ramsekhar, Transport Commissioner, said efforts were on that such an eventuality did not arise at first place. "Anyhow we are prepared for any eventuality", he said, adding that the number of challans issued by the Delhi police for violations by Haryana Roadways buses was just little over one a day. The drivers must adhere to the traffic rules, he added.
“The strike means trouble to general public”, said the Transport Commissioner.
Sources said 800 Haryana Roadways buses had been challaned since April and most of the buses belonged to depots of Gurgoan, Jind, Bhiwani and Sonepat.
An official of the roadways admitted that there had been cases where drivers were unnecessarily harassed. “We have taken up the matter with the Delhi Government.” The government was in touch with the union leaders and it was trying to dissuade the leaders from going ahead with the strike.
The Haryana Roadways Workers Joint Action Committee has finalised a strategy to carry out their 'No-Delhi' strike. The buses heading towards Delhi would be stopped by committee members on the Delhi borders, said sources.
President of Sarv Karamchari Sangh Hari Naryana Sharma told The Tribune that the decision regarding the strike was taken at a recent meeting of the union. “We had requested the government to find an amicable solution to our problem, but no headway was made. So we decided to ahead with the strike", said Mr Sharma.
Union leaders said in Delhi the buses move in a particular lane. If someone tries to overtake a vehicle the driver is challaned.