(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 29, 2012
Minister’s Comment provoked Transport Worker’s Suicide
Thousands Denied Salaries
From Our Special Correspondent in Kolkata
with the peasants, now it is the turn of
transport workers to face the consequences of the misguided policies of
TMC-led government of
immediate provocation for Vikram Singh’s
desperate bid to end his life might have come from a public statement
by the newly
promoted transport minister Madan Mitra. Mitra told media on January 24
the state government would stop all support for the transport
quipped, “From where the money will come, from
Just after assuming office, the TMC led government targeted to drastically reduce the support for four state run transport companies. The first victims were the pensioners who were denied their dues for months. Then the wages of the workers were stopped. With hue and cry all over, the state government released some money and then again halted the process. Meanwhile, the casual workers were specially targeted and their salary was stopped for four months. In Ghasbagan depot of CTC , where Vikram Singh worked, all 85 employees of engineering department and 258 workers of traffic section were denied salaries for the last four months. The state government has hinted quite clearly that they were not going to continue with subsidies. The so called ‘loss’ and ‘non viability’ theories, frequently floated by the votaries of the neo liberal policies, were loudly aired. According to the CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty , this was nothing but a ploy to privatise transport sector in the state.
The suicide of a transport worker evoked strong condemnation from all quarters. CPI(M) state secretary Biman Basu has categorically said that the policies of the TMC led government was the root cause of this tragic loss of life. Suryakanta Misra, leader of opposition, said, the peasants were committing suicide, the tea garden workers were starving to death and now the workers of the state run corporations have followed suit. The TMC led government is pursuing anti-people policies. Even in developed countries, transport sector is subsidised. The INTUC has also condemned the inhuman comments of the minister.
The transport workers have decided to protest the move of the state government jointly.