Politi­cos skip meet held to re­solve BEST work­ers’ dikat

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Only four of the 17 com­mit­tee mem­bers were present on Fri­day at the BEST com­mit­tee meet­ing called to dis­cuss the is­sues for which the BEST work­ers have been on strike since four days. The strike has af­fected nearly 30 lakh cit­i­zens.

The sched­uled dis­cus­sion had to be called off de­spite the fact that buses have been off roads for the last three days, and the main­te­nance of elec­tric sup­ply to around ten lakh con­sumers in south Mum­bai is at stake. The mem­bers who at­tended the meet­ing in­cluded Shiv Sena’s Ashish Chem­burkar fol­lowed by Ravi Raja of the Congress, BJP’S Su­nil Ganacharya, and Srikant Kawathankar.

The BEST com­mit­tee was sched­uled to dis­cuss the de­mands of the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­clud­ing salary hike and the merger of bud­get with Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC). At least seven mem­bers are re­quired to be present at the meet­ing.

Ravi Raja, the Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the BMC, along with BEST com­mit­tee mem­bers had on Jan­uary 10 writ­ten to Chem­burkar say­ing that due to lax­ity on the part of the BEST ad­min­is­tra­tion, the meet­ing on Fri­day should be post­poned in protest.

How­ever, com­mit­tee mem­ber Su­nil Ganacharya wrote to the ad­min­is­tra­tion on Jan­uary 3, al­most four days be­fore the strike, re­quest­ing a dis­cus­sion. Ganacharya had also sug­gested writ­ing to the state gov­ern­ment for fur­ther sup­port.

A se­nior BEST of­fi­cial said, “We should ques­tion the BEST com­mit­tee who were ab­sent at the meet­ing. It was due to their ab­sence that we could not dis­cuss the pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to restart the BEST bus ser­vices.”

BEST bus em­ploy­ees on strike out­side Anik bus de­pot on Fri­day.

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