Haryana: Over 2 lakh govt staff on casual leave, claims workers’ bodyhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/haryana-over-2-lakh-govt-staff-on-casual-leave-claims-workers-body-5420719/

Haryana: Over 2 lakh govt staff on casual leave, claims workers’ body

The roadways’ employees are on strike since October 16 to oppose the government’s decision to induct private buses in their fleet. The strike is scheduled to continue till October 29.

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A protest by Haryana Roadways workers and members of other employees’ unions in Rohtak on Friday. (Express photo)

Over two lakh Haryana government employees Friday took mass casual leave to support the ongoing strike by the state roadways workers, claimed Sarv Karamchari Sangh (SKS) — an umbrella body of 102 workers’ unions in the state. The government, however, claimed that the leave call did not get a good response from the government employees in the state.

The roadways’ employees are on strike since October 16 to oppose the government’s decision to induct private buses in their fleet. The strike is scheduled to continue till October 29.

Subhash Lamba, General Secretary of SKS claimed that over two lakh employees took mass casual leave on their call.

A senior government official claimed that only about 30 per cent employees went on mass casual leave. He, however, said that the number of employees who attended offices Friday was less than it is on a regular day.

The Haryana government said that the call for mass casual leave failed to yield any response at the headquarters of the Transport Department. “Despite the call for casual leave, as many as 2,165 buses plied on the state roads Friday,” said a government spokesperson.