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Agitated over challaning of school buses, private school operators protested

SATISH SETH | April 16, 2024 07:36 PM

All private schools in the district remained closed on Monday
KAITHAL: After the private school bus accident in Mahendragarh district, all the schools in the district remained closed on Monday in protest against the action taken by the RTA department by launching of inspection of private school buses. Private school operators protested outside the Mini Secretariat and submitted a memorandum of their demands to ADC C. Jaya Shraddha.

The ADC talked to the officials and assured to consider their demands. According to the three-day strike strategy chalked out in a meeting a day earlier, the school directors gathered in the courtyard of the Mini Secretariat on Monday. School operators termed the action of RTA department on school buses as wrong and lodged their protest. After this, private school operators met ADC C Jai Shraddha and submitted a memorandum of their demands in protest against the challan. In memory , private school operators alleged that they were being harassed unnecessarily. After this, the ADC gave time till the month of April to the private school operators to rectify the deficiencies in the buses. The delegation of private schools that met the ADC included directors of more than 100 schools in the district. As per reports under the action taken by the RTA department, till now a challan amount of Rs 2.5 lakh has been recovered. ADC C Jai Shraddha said she would discuss with officials the action to be taken against school buses. Only after that the demands of the school operators will be considered.
Private school operators asked for time for passing of buses
Private School Association official DrVarun Jain said that at present the RTA department has given two days time in a month to the private school operators to get their buses passed. Whereas if the motor vehicle inspector takes leave during this period or any defect is found in the bus, then the bus cannot operate. In such a situation, a one month process takes three months and the school operator incurs loss. Therefore, the process of passing buses should be started for at least 15 days in a month. They demanded that now all the buses should be released after paying the challan amount of the buses seized by the RTA department, so that the school operators do not face any problem in running the buses.
RTA issued challan of 53 buses in three days, seized 16 buses
There are about 1500 buses of 500 private schools in the district. Out of these, 53 buses have been checked by the RTA department in three days as part of checking the buses of private schools. Whereas a fine of around Rs 2.5 lakh has been imposed on these buses. District Secretary of RTA Department, Sheeshpal said that the investigation work has not been done on Monday. A meeting of department officials is to be held on behalf of DC Prashant Panwar regarding this. Only after this meeting, the future strategy for checking the buses will be made.

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