Jamshedpur : As mark of protest against the overloading check drive started by traffic police, school van operators in the city have announced to go on indefinite strike on Friday.
Under the banner of School Vahan Sangh the operators agitated in front of the district collectorate and submitted a memorandum to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal apprising about the problems due to administration crackdown on overloading.
The police are acting against the van operators after receiving regular complains of city school vans being packed with students — their bags tied on the roof of the vehicles.
The association members have decided to go on an indefinite strike from October 25 till a tripartite meeting is called of the administration, parents association and the van operators to settle the issue.
According to officials of transport department in order to garner more returns the van operators take in large number of children opposite to the capacity of the vans. This may result to a major accident any time. This is the prime reason they have acted against them.
Ahmed Khan, another van operator said, “We are poor lot of people and rely on school children for our daily bread. If police would limit the number of children to be traveled then it would be difficult for us to survive”.
“We demand that the administration should call a meeting and settle a fare for the school vans. The administration should also release those vans caught in the raid yesterday and today.
The traffic police is charging exorbitant amount as fines which is not possible for us to pay. Till the issue is resolved we would not operate our vehicles for school duty,” said another operator.