New Delhi: Delhi Metro’s non-executive staff, including train operators and maintenance workers, today launched a broad level protest demanding reinstatement a metro employee terminated in last month illegally and withdrawals of all charge sheet, show cause notices served to other metro employees with malafide intention. The protesting staff, wearing black bands, gathered at metro stations and train depots across Delhi-NCR and raised slogans against the management in between their work shifts, staff council secretary Anil Kumar Mahato and joint secretary Mukesh Kumar, who is leading the protests. There was no large-scale disruption in services. The protesting staffers also highlighted alleged financial irregularities and corruption in recruitment of neara and dear once by the management in the organisation. Mr. Mahato has threatened to escalate the agitation and enforce a “total shutdown” of metro operations on July 24, 2017 if the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) does not pay heed to their “long pending” demands, including reinstatement of Vinod Shah, Ex. RTI Supervisor with immediate effect, cancellation of action initiated against him and his colleague Ravi Bhardwaj and other metro employees.
The DMRC management had called staff council members for a meeting last evening, but they did not turn up and demanded that instead the authorities should approach them. Non-executive staff include train operators, maintenance staff, station controllers, customer relation assistants, Mahato said, adding that around 7,000 staff are participating in the ongoing agitation.
“The demand for a pay raise, which we have been raising since 2015, is about bringing parity between the executive and non-executive staff. Moreover, we have been told that we will have to bear the cost of a tribunal’s penalty on DMRC related to the Airport Express Line,” he said. The demonstrations were held at stations including Dwarka, Badarpur, Yamuna Bank, Jahangirpuri, Vishwavidyalaya, Qutub Minar, Shahdara.
The main demands raised by the aggrieved metro employees are as under:-
- Immediate reinstatement of Sh. Vinod Shah, Ex. RTI Supervisor, cancellation of major charge sheet issued against the staff council members (including cancellation of all show cause notices, negative points etc. to other metro employees).
- Implementation of pay-scale agreement signed between the Management and Staff Council members on 29th May, 2015 whether minimum pay-scale of Maintainers proposed to fix from Rs.8000-14140/- to Rs.10170-18500/- and merger of pay-scales Rs.13500-25540/- and Rs.14000-26950/-.proposed. Constitution of 3rd Pay revision committee for revision of pay-scales at par with Schedule-A CPSEs employees.
- Recognition of employee union in DMRC and removal of existing Staff Council for betterment of metro employees.
- Issuance of Officer Orders in respects to aforesaid demands as well as all pending issues raised in various meetings by the staff council members.