After two years of long delay, the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) finally decided to recruit 1,650 persons to fill the vacant posts of conductors. This will help the transport body to increase the number of buses on the roads by 150.
The PMPML had announced the conductor recruitment drive in 2010 by giving advertisements in various newspapers and had received 33,000 applications for the vacant 1,650 posts.
Though the PMPML has a fleet of 1,750 buses, at present only 1,250 ply on the roads due to manpower crisis faced by the transport body.
“We want the recruitment to be carried out for all the vacant posts because it is directly affecting the commuters and burdening the current staff. If all the posts are filled, then 10 to 15 extra buses can ply on the roads. Considering the fact that PMPML has 10 depots, the number of buses will go up by 100 to 150. This will better the frequency,” Secretary of PMPML workers union A N Anpur said.
In a recent press release, PMPML officials specified that 7,500 applicants were short listed from the 33,000 applications they had received in 2010.
And staring today till September 18 September, 500 applicants would be interviewed daily.
“We don’t understand why the PMPML took two years to shortlist candidates. The officials have informed the shortlisted candidates by mail. In the last two years, several candidates might have taken other jobs. Hence we cannot predict the number of people who will come for the interview,” Anpur said.
On asked why the recruitment of conductors was delayed by two years, a PMPML official said preference was given to selection of drivers and staff for the workshop. This affected the recruitment drive for conductors.
“Due to budgetary constraints, we were unable to recruit the staff in bulk,” the official said.
Just a few months
PMPML PRO Pravinsinh Pardeshi said the recruitment procedure would be completed in the next two to three months.
“Fitness of candidates is important. Once selected, they will undergo special training at the depots. The entire ticketing and account system has been computerised so it will not take much time,” Pardeshi said.