The two-day strike by Haryana government employees in support of the ongoing stir by roadways’ staffers affected normal operations in Haryana government offices, with over two lakh employees participating in it on day one, the employees’ body has claimed.
The employee unions had given in support of the roadways employees who have been protesting for the past 15 days, opposing a government decision to hire 720 private buses on kilometre basis and to induct the same in the Haryana Roadways fleet. Employees see it an attempt to privatise the transport services.
“Over two lakh employees remained on strike today to express their solidarity with the employees of Haryana Roadways,” said Subhash Lamba, General Secretary of Sarv Karamchari Sangh (SKS), an umbrella body of 102 unions.
He urged CM Manohar Lal Khattar to immediately intervene.
On the other hand, a government spokesperson claimed normal functioning in government departments despite the strike, adding that 1.22 lakh employees marked their attendance through biometric system on Tuesday.
Khattar said Tuesday no privatisation is being carried out. “Under the new scheme, driver would be of bus owner whereas conductor would be deputed by the state government and revenue generated would also be of the state roadways…The scheme is completely in favour of employees and it would improve the transportation system,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Haryana State Transport Department has decided that salary for the period of the strike and unauthorised absence of Haryana Roadways employees, from October 16 till date, should not be released till further orders. However, the “salary bill should be prepared and submitted accordingly”.