After the Punjab Government acceded to the salary hike demand of contractual employees of the Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS and PRTC, the protesters have now served a 15-day ultimatum on the authorities (till September 29) to regularise their services.
For now, the protesters have called off their agitation and the bus service is set to resume from September 15. The protesting contractual employees said if the government failed to regularise their services till September 29, they would relaunch their agitation and stop the bus service again.
Earlier, at a meeting held in the morning on September 14, the Punjab Government sought a week's time to take a final call on the regularisation of services of contractual employees.
After the meeting with the Punjab Government, the protesting employees allowed the government to take the decision till September 29. For now, the bus service will resume from tomorrow (September 15).
Earlier, the Punjab Government agreed to increase the salaries of contractual employees by 30 per cent. An order in this regard will come into force from September 15.
Sandeep Sandhu, political adviser to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, also gave an assurance to the protesters that a decision on the service regularisation would be taken after consulting the Chief Minister. The government also announced to add 842 new buses to its fleet.