Mumbai: Members of BEST boycotts committee meet

Mumbai: The members of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) have boycotted the BEST committee meeting on Wednesday over the ex gratia payment of 38,489 employees.

Ravi Raja, oppsoition leader and member of BEST committee said even after five days of the Diwali, the employees have not received any ex-gratia from the administration owing which they are boycotting the meeting. Other party members who are also a part of BEST committee supported Raja. “It is unfair with the employees as they are working 24 hours to serve better services to the people and administration.

They expect only Bonus from the administration before Diwali which is also no given,” added Raja. The Congress member asked the administration to give a date when would they credit the ex-gratia in the account. Surendra Bagde, general manager, BEST said, “Soon they will credit the ex-gratia to its employees for which they will come up with a plan within the next eight to ten days.”

The administration had declared Rs 5,500 as ex-gratia to its employees in the BEST committee meeting. The BEST, will have to bear an additional burden of Rs 22 crore. “The BMC should provide financial aid to the BEST for the ex-gratia payment to its employees,” said Ashish Chemburkar chairman, BEST.

Admin requests union

The BEST administration has requested the union that the administration do not contemplate retrenching in staff/officers and desire to operationalise wet-leasing of buses for transportation in order to cut down the losses. “Around 1000 buses specially midi, mini and AC buses which would fit in appropriately in traffic congestion and carry more passengers to bring more revenue for the undertaking,” said Bagde. The administration also came forward with proposal of early clearance gratuity payment, final bill payment and other benefits to their employee along with timely salaries. However, the Union appeared adamant for nmot accepting the proposal and putting workers under loss.

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