New Delhi: Metro trains in the Capital will run as usual on Monday, with employees of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) calling off their strike subject to implementation of their demands assured by the DMRC Management in a series of high level meetings on July 22 & July 23 till evening.
“The ongoing protest by DMRC’s non-executive employees was called off on Sunday evening after all the issues raised by the agitating employees were assured to be settled amicably following many rounds of meetings and deliberations with DMRC’s managing director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson at DMRC. “In light of the above, the Delhi Metro services will continue as per schedule tomorrow (Monday),” he added.
The announcement came after the corporation assured and agreed to the demands of its protesting non-executive employees that included reinstatement of Ex. RTI Supervisor Vinod Shah who was removed recently by the DMRC for raising voices against corruption and irregularities in recruitment in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, revising their salary slabs, and cancelling charge sheet issued to its Staff Council members Anil Mahato and Ravi Bhardwaz for disciplinary actions. However, the demand for forming separate employees union were kept pending and the management assured the present Staff Council to give more powers in line with employees union. The DMRC has around 9,000 non-executive staff who perform important duties of train operators, station in-charge, traffic controllers, technicians, maintenance and so on.
These employees had been protesting by holding sit-ins at various platforms over the past three days. On Monday, they had threatened to shut all metro services by not reporting to work.
However, the crisis was averted after a series of meetings held over the weekend between the Metro’s staff council, DMRC’s top officials, Delhi government officials and the secretary at the ministry of urban development.
“The issue was also deliberated in detail yesterday (Saturday) in a high-level meeting chaired by secretary MoUD, Durga Shankar Mishra and Delhi chief secretary Dr MM Kutty with DMRC’s MD,” Dayal said. Ex. DMRC Chief Dr. E Sreedharan was also called from Kochi to resolve this serious issue.
However, the Delhi Metro employees are keeping close watch on prompt implementation on their demands as assured by the DMRC Management.