People traveling by bus in Punjab may have to face difficulties from today. The contract employees of Punjab Roadways and PRTC will be on strike from Monday i.e. 6th September. This will affect the operation of about 2000 buses in the state. These employees are demanding regularization from the Punjab government.

In Punjab, the raw workers of roadways and PRTC will be on an indefinite strike from Monday for their demands. Due to this, the operation of 2000 roadways buses of the state will be completely stopped. The employees going on strike have appealed to the pucca employees to cooperate in the movement. Here, the officials of the Transport Department have expressed the apprehension of a clash between the contract and pucca employees and have demanded protection from the administration of nine districts.

In Punjab, the raw workers of roadways and PRTC have been demanding from the Punjab government for a long time to make them concrete, but till now it has not been fulfilled. Due to this, now the contract workers have announced to start an indefinite strike from Monday.

Here, the Transport Department has claimed that the transport system in the state will not be disrupted due to the strike. Departmental officials have sent letters to the deputy commissioners of nine districts Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Mansa, Mohali, Bathinda, and Faridkot, demanding security at the bus stands in the respective districts from Sunday evening. They feared that during the strike, Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS, PRTC contractual workers union would try to disrupt bus service and fight with the employees and supervisory staff who want to continue the bus service.

Private bus operators will remain operative
Private bus operators and buses from outside states will get a lot of benefit from the strike of Punjab Government and Punjab Roadways contract employees. About 2000 government buses are likely to be off the roads of Punjab due to the strike. Private bus mafia operating buses from Jalandhar to Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar will take advantage of the strike.
Due to the arbitrariness of the government, the path of agitation has to be taken under compulsion. If their demands are not implemented by the government soon, then they will be forced to give a fierce form to the movement.
Resham Singh Gill, Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS, PRTC Contract Workers Union, Punjab

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