Work to make transport corporation debt-free said minister Arya. Employees not paid since February
The Transport and welfare minister Yashpal Arya has directed the officials of the transport department to undertake every possible measure for creating the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation debt-free
The Transport and welfare minister Yashpal Arya has directed the officials of the transport department to undertake every possible measure for creating the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) debt-free.
He was addressing a review meeting of the department at the Vidhan Sabha auditorium on Tuesday. He emphasized collective efforts to extend the incomes and a cut on the expenditures of the corporation so that salaries get paid on time.
It is to note here that salaries of Transport Corporation employees are not being paid since February. Earlier on June 18, The Uttarakhand high court on the government why it cannot release Rs 20 crore from the CM’s relief fund to pay the salaries of the roadways workers, whose wages have been pending since February. The bench of judge RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma during the hearing said that it can see no point why the cash isn't being released. “That was the sole purpose the fund was created for,” the judges said at that time.
The court, during the hearing, has also directed the government to clarify whether the government plans to acquire the land belonging to the corporation which is located on the Haridwar road in Dehradun and if it is willing to pay Rs 250 crore, the market value for the property.
The HC had last year stayed the sale of land belonging to the transport corporation since the state was “paying a meager amount of about Rs 20 crore as compared to the market value of the land which is estimated to be around Rs 250 crore.” The HC on Friday again asked the government if it would pay the market price for the land.
On a concise note, minister Arya expressed his displeasure on the lack of proper advocacy on the part of the department for the assets which are to be transferred from the Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation to the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation.
He said that the dispute on the transfer of assets between UP and Uttarakhand should be solved immediately with mutual coordination and talks. He said that the method of the auction of the scrap within the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation should be completed in time.
The minister expressed his strong disapproval of the tendency to require loans and directed the officers to enhance operations, strict action on ticket-less travel and taking austerity measures to reduce the expenditure. In one such measure, he said that the method of putting in CNG kits within the buses of UTC should be expedited.
He also asked the department to work on the scenario to decide on the payback of the Rs 175 Crore loan of the UTC. Arya said that the structure of the department should be reconstituted so that optimum utilization of the potential of the workers is formed. In the meeting, the minister was told that a sum of Rs two Crore is required to transfer the old workshop of UTC from Haridwar road to the new place at Transport Nagar. The construction work on the new workshop would be completed in six months. The minister directed the secretary Transport to release the sum for the new workshop without any delay.
The meeting was attended by Transport secretary Ranjit Sinha, additional secretary Anand Srivastava, Transport MD Abhishek Rautela, UTC GM Deepak Jain etc.