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Jamshedpur school van operators agree to end strike after assurance from administration

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Seating capacity in pool vans to be 12, camps to facilitate preparation of commercial permits

Jamshedpur: School van operators in the city agreed to end their strike from tomorrow (August 30) after receiving assurances from the district administration.

The two-day long strike of auto-rickshaw operators and school pool vans was called off after talks between Shikshit Berojgar Tempo Chalak Sanchalak Sangh (outfit of auto-rickshaw operators) and Jamshedpur School Vahan Seva Samity (outfit of school pool vans) with the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar at the district collectorate.

“We are really touched at the problem faced by school children and parents for the last two days and are happy at the administration agreeing to our demands and fixing seating capacity in pool vans to 12 (excluding driver) and assuring of holding camps to facilitate preparation of commercial permits in city itself. Earlier we had to go to Dhanbad for it. All school vans will operate as usual from tomorrow,” said a senior functionary of the Jamshedpur School Vahan Seva Samity.

Later in the day, auto-rickshaw outfit patron and Congress leader Banna Gupta, who had led the strike call since Tuesday also called off the strike and directed autos to run as soon as possible to ameliorate passengers problem.

“We are grateful to the deputy commissioner who has agreed to our demand of holding camps for preparing commercial permits and facilitating in preparation of medical records at Red Cross Society at Sakchi free of cost. All operators/drivers have been asked to get their other documents in order and also display their registration number, mobile numbers and driving license properly in their auto. I have asked all auto operators to start running from today evening itself,’ said Gupta a former Jamshedpur West MLA.

Meanwhile, passengers had some solace today in the form of 120 private town buses and over 10 city buses (state owned) which plied on different routes after the Shikshit Berojgar Mini Bus Association (an outfit coordinating the private town bus) had yesterday evening announced of withdrawing their strike.

State minister Saryu Roy also said that he would meet state transport minister C. P Singh in Ranchi on the auto-rickshaw operators problem.

The van operators gathered at the Deputy Commissioner’s office this morning and raised their issues. They complained that the traffic police along with district transport department are targeting the operators in the name of overloading and commercialisation of vehicles. The operators complained that the police were also exploiting them in the name of over loading and demanding bribe.

It may be noted here that as mark of protest against the overloading check drive started by the district transport department and traffic police, the van operators had announced strike. The police recently carried raids at school vans seized their vehicles.

A leader of the association said, “We have decided to call off our strike because we do not want to make the children suffer due to the attitude of the administration. We are satisfied with the assurance and I would request all the van operators in the city to start functioning from tomorrow.”

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