NASHIK: The employees of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on Wednesday received their pending salary for May. There was resentment among the employees as they did not receive their salary. The state Cabinet had a few days back announced to pay Rs 600 crore to the MSRTC. After MSRTC received Rs 300 crore on Tuesday (June 22), the pending salary of the employees were paid immediately.
There are a total of 5,800 MSRTC employees in Nashik district. As soon as the amount was received from the government, the salary was deposited into the bank accounts of the employees. The employees have been waiting for their salary for the past one week. The passenger transport service of MSRTC had disrupted again following the second wave of Covid-19. As MSRTC’s coffers were empty, there was a fear that employees could not get their their May salary.
Meanwhile, a meeting was held under the guidance of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Transport Minister Anil Parab to review the financial condition of MSRTC. In the meeting it has also been agreed to pay around Rs 600 crore for the salaries of the employees. The employees unions had demanded to provide the funds from the state government for MSRTC for the next six months to pay the salaries of the employees and financial assistance till the resumption of MSRTC’s transport service. MSRTC has the reputation of being the largest public transport system in Asia However, the decline in passengers due to the crisis has adversely affected its revenue.