Haryana Roadways bus services were crippled on Monday with its employees going on a strike demanding abolishment of contractual system and outsourcing. The commuters had a hard time due to the strike. Haryana Roadways has a fleet of some 4,000 buses with 18,000 employees.
The protesters staged demonstrations near bus depots and workshops across the state. General Secretary of Haryana Sarv Karamchari Sangh Subhash Lamba claimed that the strike was total and no state owned bus plied the roads.
The police rounded up over 25 employees protesting at Rohtak. Lamba said employees of other departments of government, semi-government, boards, corporations and universities, too, will join the roadways employees.
The employees have been pressing for various demands, including abolishment of contractual system and outsourcing of work, filling up of vacancies, regularisation of part time employees, and cancellation of 3,519 permits to private bus operators.
Over two lakh employees of the Haryana government are on a three-day strike even as the state imposed Section 144 to quell the agitation.
“By imposing Section 144, the state government instead of inviting employees for talks has created a situation of direct clash with them,” said Lamba.
Meanwhile, all departments in Haryana have taken necessary steps to maintain law and order and to ensure essential services do not suffer on account of the strike, an official spokesman said.