MUMBAI: The Maharashtra authorities has introduced Rs 1,000 crore monetary package deal for the cash- strapped Maharashtra State Highway Transport Company (MSRTC) for the subsequent six months, minister Anil Parab stated on Tuesday.
Addressing a press convention right here, the state transport minister stated Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar made this announcement after a gathering with him and holding a dialogue with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Parab, who’s the chairman of MSRTC, stated this monetary package deal will assist the transport physique get again monitor and can meet bills equivalent to salaries of staff and gas prices for the subsequent six months.
“The variety of passengers (travelling by ST buses) is rising by the day, and with the cooperation of staffers, the MSRTC’s funds will probably be introduced again on monitor.
The issues will probably be resolved with the state’s monetary help,” Parab stated.
The transport physique had suffered income losses of round Rs 3,000 crore throughout the COVID-19 lockdown interval, Parab stated, including that this in flip resulted in pending salaries.
As introduced a day earlier than, the MSRTC has disbursed the pending wage of 1 month and competition advance to staff on Monday, and can pay pending salaries of remaining two months earlier than Diwali.
“The state authorities has agreed to pay state transport staff pending salaries until October 30, earlier than Diwali,” Parab stated.
MSRTC workers unions have claimed that two staff dedicated suicides at Jalgoan and Ratnagiri districts within the final two days, allegedly on account of non-payment of salaries.
The minister, nonetheless, refuted media stories that the MSRTC had acted solely after these suicides, and appealed to staff to not take any excessive steps.
The MSRTC is without doubt one of the largest street transport undertakings of the county with a fleet of practically 18,000 buses and round one lakh staff.