Sajha employees call off protests

Kathmandu, May 20 :

After the government’s assurance to meet their demands, the Sajha Yatayat employees who were agitating against their administration, have called off all their protest programmes from yesterday, including the planned lockout of the office premises.

After the meeting of the struggle committee that was convened after receiving a written assurance from the secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Transport Management (MoLTM), Deependra Bikram Thapa, promising to address the employees’ demands, all services of the Sajha Yatayat resumed from 11 am yesterday.

Convener of the struggle committee, Chandra Prasad Dhakal, said secretary Thapa, who is also the chairman of the Sajha Yatayat board of directors, has assured the employees that they would get the salaries for the period during which the transport body remained closed. The five-point commitment paper sent by Thapa also assures compensation for those who will be unable to attend office after the resumption of normal services.

“The secretary has demanded four days to consult experts regarding the resignation of our executive head, Mukunda Raj Satyal,” he said.

A three-member committee that includes an account officer from the MoLTM, a legal officer from the Department of Cooperatives and the convener of the struggle committee, has been formed to look into the activities of the Sajha Yatayat after the resumption of its services.

The committee will submit its report after three months of thorough study of all the activities of the government-run transport body.

The employees of Sajha Yatayat had halted all its services by locking its central office since May 12, demanding that the decision to appoint its executive head be annulled.