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Regular pay promise ends city bus stir

Drivers and conductors of the JNNURM city bus service ended their indefinite strike on the ninth day on Tuesday after getting an assurance of regular wages on the 10th of every month and a possible salary hike from January.

Beset by irregular salaries, bus staffers met city bus in-charge of implementing agency JTDC and Ranchi and Hazaribagh representatives of outsourced firm Rider Security Service at the office of the subdivisional officer (SDO).

SDO Abhishek Srivastava chaired the meeting.

SDO apart, JTDC city bus incharge N.K. Singh, Rider Security Service branch managers Jitendra Kumar Srivastava (Ranchi) and Amresh Kumar (Hazaribagh) heard out problems of bus employees.

Bus drivers said lack of designated stops led to less passengers and low collections, resulting in a cash-strapped service. The SDO promised to raise the issue with the district transport committee.

On drivers alleging police highhandedness, the SDO said he would look into the matter.

Rider Security Service promised to pay bus staff salaries on the 10th day of every month. On salary hike, JTDC told drivers and conductors they could expect it if each bus earned around Rs 16 per km per day instead of Rs 12 at present.

Drivers and conductors, on their part, agreed to try and sell more tickets.