Mumbai : Eight months after BEST management announced pass schemes for its retired employees, it is proving too much for the government undertaking to sustain it. Already in loss, BEST has sent a proposal to the management committee members asking the concession scheme to be revised and the cost of the yearly pass to be increased to Rs.1,500 from the existing Rs 900.
The BEST, on January 1, had announced the scheme in which retired committee employees who completed 57 years of service were entitled. Under the scheme, yearly pass of a BEST bus was decided to be given at the cost of Rs. 1,500 while a monthly bus pass to any ordinary employee costs Rs 1,000. The BEST management had estimated a total of 1200 people to be a part of the scheme whereas not more than 500 people applied for it.
With the reduced number of people applying for the scheme, cost of the pass was further reduced to Rs. 900. The number of people applying for the scheme shot up considerably. A yearly BEST pass would cost Rs 12,000 to any ordinary employee it was only given at Rs 900 to the retired employees. An official from BEST said, “The subsidy in place, the BEST lost Rs. 11,100 behind every employee who bought the pass. While the scheme was being decided it was stated that a survey will be carried out after three months being in place.”
After six months the survey was conducted to check the status from January to June which showed the BEST suffered over Rs 2 crore in past few months with the sale of yearly passes. The management has finally put in a proposal to the management committee members asking them to scrap the scheme. While the issue is yet to be discussed, a decision will be taken which will be implemented from September 1.
Ranjan Chawdheri, committee member, said, “Despite the organisation being in huge losses not only the employees of railways and Air India but also their family have been given free passes. We will strongly oppose recommendations made by the General Manager.”