In a bid to help the administration improve its financial condition, the Maharashtra ST Workers Union and employees of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) have started a statewide drive. The union plans to arrange awareness programmes in all districts for MSRTC drivers, conductors, workshop workers and all other employees to improve efficiency.
Union leader speaks
While speaking about this initiative, union leader Hanumant Tate said, “The reason behind this drive is to help MSRTC recoup losses and to ensure better service is provided to our passengers. We are conducting awareness programmes for the MSRTC workers wherein the focus will be on adhering to bus timings, helping passengers and solving their problems during travel, keeping their vehicles clean and ensure accident free driving.” Tate said they would also conduct seminars on stress management and addiction- free life, which will enhance the personality of MSRTC employees.
“We have also sent an official letter to the state government, requesting it to take strict action against private bus operators who lure passengers from our bus stands and depots. They should be strictly prohibited from parking their vehicles near MSRTC stands,” added Tate. Sandeep Shinde, Pune district president of the union, said, “This drive will continue till February 2014 and a state- level programme will be held afterwards to analyse and verify our efforts. The programme will be held in Pune and all our union members across the state will be in attendance. We will also invite suggestions from passengers on improving our service.”
When asked if they have been co-ordinating with the MSRTC administration, Shinde said, “We are having regular meetings with the administration and we will take this initiative forward. Wehope our efforts will help MSRTC come out of its financial mess.”
While speaking about the initiative MSRTC chairman Jeevanrao Gore said, “We are working with the ST workers union in this initiative and our common goal is to ensure the best service to our passengers. Our aim is clear, to improve our service and attract passengers, maintain punctuality and also maintain the quality of our buses. We have taken a firm stand that only through hard work will be able to come out of our poor economical