Maharashtra government announces pay rise for MSRTC workers amid strike deadlock, Auto News, ET Auto

In a bid to end the nearly month-long strike by MSRTC workers, Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab announced a pay rise on Wednesday.

The average rise of Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 in base wages would be the “highest in history” for Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, the state-run bus service, he said, calling employees to put an end to the commotion.

Parab made the announcement Wednesday evening after an extended meeting with a delegation of MSRTC employees here. The salary increase will be granted based on years of service and will put an additional monthly charge of Rs 60 crore and an annual charge of Rs 750 crore on the state government, he said.

BJP members of the Legislative Council Sadabhau Khot and Gopichand Padalkar, who led the unrest and participated in talks with Parab, said they would announce their position on the strike later in the evening. The main demand from the employees is the merger of the cash-strapped company with the state government.

The strike began on October 28 and intensified from November 9, when all MSRTC depots closed. Parab also had a discussion with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at HN Reliance Hospital, where the Chief Minister is recovering from a medical intervention, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also holds the finance portfolio, sources said.

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