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Chandigarh: Punjab Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar on Thursday said that the state government is committed to regularize the contractual drivers and conductors of Punjab Roadways/Punbus.

The Transport Minister gave this assurance while presiding over a meeting with the employees of Punjab Roadways/Punbus State Transport Workers Union and Punjab Government Transport Workers Union at his office in Punjab Civil Secretariat. He said that the case of regularization of contract based drivers and conductors in Punjab Roadways/ Punbus is being considered symptomatically by the three-member sub-committee constituted on the directions of Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann.

Cabinet Minister asked the Secretary Transport S. Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia to speed up the process of promotions in the department. He also ordered that action should be expedited regarding compassionate appointments in Punjab Roadways/Punbus so that the heirs of the deceased employees do not have to suffer. He said that it is the primary duty of the government to secure the future of the family of the deceased employees.

The Transport Minister also instructed the officials not to delay the process of passing of government buses.

Seeking report from officials regarding the buses plying illegally, the Transport Minister asked them to make personal visits to make sure that not even a single illegal bus on road. He said that the complaints regarding the time-table of the buses should also be resolved at the earliest.

Lending a sympathetic ear to the demand of the employees, Cabinet Minister S. Laljit Singh Bhullar said that the department will consider the deployment of drivers and conductors, who appointed faraway places, to near their homes. He instructed the officials that immediate planning should be done regarding this matter. He also ordered to give a report regarding the condition of the buildings and workshops of the department. Wherever necessary, repairs should be done immediately, he added.

Secretary Transport S. Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia, Director State Transport Ms. Amandeep Kaur and other officials were also present in the meeting.



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