Chandigarh, November 15 (Trinew)
The solidarity of Haryana’s roadways employees has paid off. Roadways employees, angry over the murder of Rajbir Singh, a driver in the transport department along with themselves, blocked the road on Wednesday. The effect of Chakka Jam was seen in the entire state. In view of the traffic jam of the employees, Transport Minister Moolchand Sharma held a meeting with the officials of the common front of the employees. The talks concluded after three rounds of talks.
After the negotiations ended, the employees withdrew their protest. On the demand of employees and leaders, the Transport Minister announced that the government will give a third class permanent job to a member of the family of driver Rajbir Singh. Not only this, the government will also provide assistance of Rs 15 lakh to the dependents of Rajbir Singh. Besides, Sharma also informed that the three accused of murder have been arrested by the police.
Ambala depot driver Rajbir Singh was murdered by miscreants on the night of Diwali. In protest against this, roadways employees circled buses across the state. On the call of Haryana Roadways Employees’ Common Morcha, roadways employees, angry with the lax attitude of the government and administration, blocked buses across the state on Wednesday to arrest the killers of Rajbir Singh and provide justice to his family.
In the talks with the Cabinet Minister, apart from the top officials of the department, the Common Front delegation included employee leaders Narendra Dinod, Sumer Siwach, Azad Gill, Jagdeep Lather, Jaybir Ghanghas, Krishna Ravish, Ramesh Sheokand, Amit Maharana, Dinesh Hooda, Raman Saini, Vinod Sharma, Sukhwinder Bayana, Jai Bhagwan Kadian, Sanjeev Kumar, Krishna Kadian, Ashok Khokhar, Pratap Bhanwala, Inder Singh Badhana and Harikrishna were mainly involved.
The Morcha leaders placed before the Transport Minister the demands of arresting the killers of driver Rajbir Singh and registering a case under section 302, giving a permanent job to a family member, giving a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the family, and giving martyr status to fellow driver Rajbir Singh. He said that roadways employees perform risky duties 24 hours a day and night in such an environment of fear. In view of such incidents, the government should make a permanent policy for compensation amount and make security arrangements at all bus stands at night. He said that roadways employees are scared of such incidents happening every day.
In the conversation with the Transport Minister, the family member of Rajbir Driver will get a permanent job of class three on the basis of merit. The family will be given a compensation of Rs 15 lakh as financial assistance.
The Transport Minister said that all three murderers have been arrested. Driver Rajbir Singh will be honored posthumously on 26 January i.e. Republic Day. Keeping in mind such incidents in future, the Transport Minister has agreed to make a permanent policy to give martyr status and compensation to the employees. Morcha leaders said that after the agreement with the Transport Minister, the Chakka Jam strike across the state has been called off. The strike is considered to be duty time.