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Maha Announces Up To 41% Hike For MSRTC Staff, Urges Workers To End Agitation

For the last 15 days, the state transport (ST) employees were on strike and were demanding a merger with the government

Mumbai: Maharashtra state Transport Minister Anil Parab on Wednesday announced the proposal of a salary hike for employees of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), who are on a strike.

The Minister has also assured that it would be credited in their accounts before the 10th of every month.

While talking to the media regarding the salary hike, Parab said, “We’ve purposed to raise basic pay of State Road Transport Corporation employees – Rs 5000 for employees who are in service for 1-10 years, Rs 4000 for those in service for 10 to 20 years and Rs 2500 for those in service for 20 years and above.”

“Government would credit salary of the employees in their accounts before 10th of every month,” he added.

Asking the suspended/terminated employees to join immediately, Parab said, “Those who are protesting in Mumbai and are based in Mumbai, can join (back to work) tomorrow. Those who are from outside can join from the day after tomorrow.”

As many as 3,052 MSRTC employees have been suspended, while 645 have been terminated, as per yesterday’s data.

The Minister also said that with this, both the issues for which the employees were demanding the merger of State Road Transport Corporation with the government have been addressed.

For the last 15 days, the state transport (ST) employees were on strike and were demanding a merger with the government. However, the state officials said the merger of the state transport into the state government would be financially draining.

The state government is in talks with the ST workers, Union leaders, and the Opposition. Parab said that the government has already told them that if the High Court-appointed committee decides to allow the merger, the Maharashtra government will support it, “but as of now, this strike needs to end”.

“I request the opposition leaders, Gopichand Padalkar and Sadabhau Khot, to convince the ST employees to end the strike,” the Minister said.

Earlier Bombay High Court had instructed the state government to form a committee to look into the demands of MSRTC employees. On November 8, the Maharashtra government issued a Government Resolution to form a three-member committee, headed by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, to look into the matter.

The court had also said that after discussing with the stakeholders of MSRTC and the union, all the recommendations must be submitted in a report to the chief minister within 12 weeks.

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