‘Mo Bus’ service halted as staff go on a strike

Bhubaneswar: The city bus services in the State’s capital was affected today due to a strike called by the staff of ‘Mo Bus’ over delay in payment of salary.

As per reports, during the cease-work agitation, hundreds of ‘Mo Bus’ staff did not allow buses to move out of the depot near SUM Hospital.

They alleged that during their recruitment the State government had promised a salary of Rs 13,000 per month, but the same was never paid to them. Though benefits of ESI and EPF were also promised, nothing has been done till date. Besides, there is no fixed date for payment of the salary, the agitators stated.

“We are observing the strike as the wage paid to us is very less in comparison to the amount which was promised to us. During the recruitment we were said that a salary of Rs 13,000 will be given to us. However, all of us are getting either Rs 7,000 or Rs 8,000 per month,” said an agitating employee.

Another staff said, “For the past two months, I have not received salary. This apart, we are not getting other benefits that we were promised at the time of joining.”

The ‘Mo Bus’ city bus service was launched last year in twin cities—Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. At present, as many as 95 ‘Mo Buses’ are running in the Capital city and 190 staff are engaged in the operation of the bus service.