Contractual DTC staff threaten strike over ‘unkept’ promise

Alleging that he did not keep his promise of providing employment on compassionate grounds made prior to forming the government in the Capital, a section of contractual employees in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have threatened to launch a movement against the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation later this month.

‘5% quota’

A source from the Corporation claimed that Mr. Kejriwal had, during the 49-day AAP government in 2014, promised 5% quota in the public transporter’s ranks for appointment of the next of kin of its former employees.

The promise, said another source, was “reiterated several times” since the AAP returned to power in early 2015.

Letter to CM

Contractual employees, conservative estimates state, number over 10,000 and a majority of them are employed as conductors.

The demand was raised in a letter to Mr. Kejriwal on Tuesday.

“This is to inform you that as announced by you after winning the election…appointments will be given on the basis of Compassionate ground…it is requested you order the DTC to fill up the vacancies on the basis of Compassionate Ground at the earliest [sic],” stated the letter addressed to Mr. Kejriwal.

‘Launch a movement’

Failing this, the letter said, the public transporter’s contractual employees will “launch a movement” starting August 16 from the DTC headquarters here.

“The Delhi Jal Board has already begun regularising contractual employees in its ranks and a similar policy should be framed for employees of all government departments in Delhi. If the government does not comply, we too will join the agitating contractual employees,” added K.C. Malik of the Delhi Parivahan Mazdoor Sangh, a union of the DTC employees.

The DJB has already begun regularising contractual employees in its ranks and a similar policy should be framed for employees of all government departments in Delhi…

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