Kolkata: With an aim of putting in place an effective and economically vibrant transport system by this September, the West Bengal government is contemplating VRS to shed out willing and physically unfit employees.
"Ineffective manpower has to be stripped, besides helping these sick transport corporations to boost collection of revenues and make a turnaround," state's Transport Minister Madan Mitra said.
If required, employees would now be appointed on contract basis replacing those physically unfit, he said. Blaming the erstwhile Left Front government for the problems in the transport sector, Mitra said they were committed to make a turnaround by September this year.
The minister had held a review meeting recently with the chairmen, managing directors and board members of five state-run transport corporations to discuss the issue. "At least 1,000 to 1,500 employees in each of these corporations have expressed their desire to take VRS because of physical weakness and frustration. We must take this opportunity to reduce the burden of surplus manpower," Mitra said.
"It has been possible to hike collection of revenues in all these five corporations in the last six months following guidelines by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. But we should take some more concrete steps to reduce their burden and streamline the administration for a turnaround," he said.
An expert committee would soon be appointed to work out how the corporations could offer appointment on contract.