`Strengthen State transport corporations'

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The Bharatiya Parivahan Mazdoor Mahasangh, the industrial wing of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, has urged the Centre and State Governments to implement a five-point charter of demands to strengthen public sector transport undertakings and ensure the safety and security of their employees.

The two-day 11th all-India conference of the mahasangh began here on Saturday.

Secretary of the mahasangh Uday Patwardhan, who inaugurated the conference, urged State Governments to revive their transport corporations and improve the service conditions of employees. The Centre should ask States to implement the genuine demands of the workers.

G. Karunakara Reddy, MP, who welcomed the gathering, said the transport corporations, with a fleet of 1,20,000 buses, employed over seven lakh workers. Most of the corporations were incurring losses because of wrong policies being followed by the Central and State Governments, such as heavy taxes and failure to revise fares in line with costs.

He said there was a need for increased productivity and cordial relations with passengers. The mahasangh had played a vital role in the setting up of a tripartite subcommittee on road transport by the Union Labour Ministry. He urged the Centre to implement the subcommittee's report to bring more revenue to the corporations.

Separate cadre

He expressed support to the mahasangh's demand for a separate cadre for the transport sector the Indian Transport Service. He would raise the matter in the meeting of the consultative committee of the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, he said.