First call off strike, then solve your is­sues through talks, HC tells BEST

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Mum­bai: As BEST buses re­mained in neu­tral gear for the fourth day of the strike, the Bom­bay High Court on asked the em­ploy­ees union, headed by Shashank Rao, to con­sider re­solv­ing their is­sues am­i­ca­bly and through a dis­cus­sion with the state gov­ern­ment.

A divi­sion bench of Chief Jus­tice Naresh Patil and Jus­tice N M Jam­dar, on Fri­day, told the union to ap­proach the three-mem­ber state-ap­pointed com­mit­tee headed by Chief Sec­re­tary (CS) to dis­cuss un­re­solved is­sues.

“Your is­sues have to be looked into se­ri­ously,” the bench said, “As you serve the peo­ple, and are, with­out doubt, one of the best pub­lic trans­port un­der­tak­ings in In­dia.”

The direc­tive came after Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Ashutosh Kumb­hakoni in­formed the court that the state has formed a three-mem­ber com­mit­tee com­pris­ing the CS, Trans­port De­part­ment and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment de­part­ment to ad­dress BEST’S de­mands in a time-bound man­ner.

Se­nior Ad­vo­cate Anil Sakhare, ap­pear­ing for the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), told the court that the union should first call off the strike.

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