Harassment, corruption rampant in BMTC: Employees

Published: 27th June 2012 09:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th June 2012 09:07 AM   |  A+A-

While all state-run transport corporations in the country believe it is the duty of the passenger who boards a bus to purchase a ticket, the BMTC believes it is the job of the conductor to sell tickets, according to members of the BMTC Employees Union.

At a meeting held in the city on Tuesday, the members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the BMTC Employees Unions gathered in order to highlight some of the issues that BMTC employees are facing. “While the state government employees’ wages have been revised by 22 per cent, the BMTC has taken a unilateral decision to hike wages by 10 per cent for its employees. There is also a lot of harassment in terms of transfers and fines,” president of BMTC Employees Federation Prasanna Kumar told Express.

Kumar also alleged that BMTC is violating several set rules by not implementing a transfer policy following directions from the High Court. “In KSRTC, there was a circular issued that a staffer could not be penalised for up to five errors after which they could be fined up to Rs 200 after issuing a notice, this is not being followed in the BMTC where fines are deducted from salaries without notice,” Kumar said.

Employees also complained of having to pay bribes for everything, including getting leaves sanctioned. “Firstly, they keep us for years on end as trainees with a paltry stipend of Rs 6,000 a month and then they deduct bribe from that money too or threaten to suspend or transfer us,” said an employee.

The CITU and the Employees Federation are proposing the immediate framing of a transfer policy on the lines of the policy that is existing in the state for teachers.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.