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Maharashtra Govt Announces ‘Highest Ever’ Salary Hike For MSRTC Employees Amid Strike Deadlock

Mumbai: In a major good news for MSRTC employees, State Transport Minister Anil Parab on Wednesday announced highest-ever salary hike to them in a bid to end the near-month-long strike, reported news agency PTI. The average Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 hike in basic salaries would be the “highest in the history” of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, the state-run bus service, he said and appealed to MSRTC employees to call off the agitation.Also Read – Maharashtra: Central Railway Announces To Revert Platform Ticket Price to Rs 10 At These Stations

Parab made the announcement on Wednesday evening after a prolonged meeting with a delegation of MSRTC employees here. The salary hike will be given as per the years of service criterion and will put additional monthly burden of Rs 60 crore and annual burden Rs 750 crore on the state government, he said. Also Read – No Vaccine, No Salary! This Maharashtra City Decides Not To Pay Salaries to Unvaccinated Civic Employees

BJP Members of Legislative Council Sadabhau Khot and Gopichand Padalkar, who have been leading the agitation and who took part in the talks with Parab, said they will announce their stand on the strike later in the evening. The employees’ main demand is merger of the cash-strapped corporation with the state government. The strike started on October 28 and intensified from November 9 when all depots of MSRTC shut down. Also Read – Maharashtra Govt Likely to Reopen Schools For THESE Classes, Final Decision Tomorrow

Parab also had a discussion with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at HN Reliance Hospital where the chief minister is recovering after a medical procedure, and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who also holds finance portfolio, sources reportedly said.

(Based on PTI inputs)

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