West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Basu on Wednesday said the State Government’s voluntary retirement scheme for transport employees did not evoke much response.

In December last year, the State Transport Department announced a VRS for employees aged above 50 years and below 60 years in the four State-run transport corporations – Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), CTC, South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) and North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC).

“We have not got enough response from the employees in the state-run transport corporations so far,” Basu told Business Line on the sidelines of an interactive session on improving industrial relations in the State, organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

According to him, the scheme was aimed at reviving the financial health of the transport corporations and reducing the State’s subsidy to transport department. He added the policy was, however, not accepted by many of the employees.

ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on January 16, 2013)
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