Transport Minister SS said that technological development is a challenge for the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation. Shiva Sang.
Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahes Poiyamozhi addressed the 2nd day program of the 15th State Conference of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Workers’ Union (AITUC) on Saturday.
Tamil Nadu AITUC General Secretary D. M. Murthy presided. Inaugurating the seminar titled ‘Passenger Transport – Future’, Tamil Nadu Transport Minister S.S. Shiva Sang said: Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation brings to mind late former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. It is because he nationalized the private transportation, the people who left the rural areas came to the cities and progressed in all fields like education and employment, and in 50 years there has been a silent revolution and balanced development in Tamil Nadu.
UP, the largest state in India, has 3,000 government buses. A few states have no State Transport Corporations at all. However, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation is functioning as a service company. That is why, even though the central government hiked diesel prices, bus fares were not hiked in Tamil Nadu.
Even though the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation is running at a loss, we are providing free travel to girls in city buses. Fees for free travel are provided by government departments including Social Welfare Department. As a result, the number of women passengers has increased. 155 crores have been traveled by this scheme unlike any other state in India.
For the last 10 years, the demands of government transport workers for wage rate change and wage contract negotiations have not been fulfilled, but now the situation has come to fulfill them. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has fulfilled all the demands of the trade unions, including wage hike, with the intention of protecting the State Transport Corporation and the workers.
With the development of technology, it is possible to find a house or find a place to find transportation facilities through various internet applications. This growth is also a challenge for the transport sector. We are forced to run the transport corporation to deal with that. He said that the workers of the Transport Corporation should cooperate with it.
In the event, Labor Progressive Union administrator C. Natarajan, CITU Dayanandhan, HMS Subramaniapillai, DDSC Padmanathan, AITUC T.M. Murthy, conference reception committee leader Suresh and many others participated.