Following a complaint filed by one Arunabh Chaliha regarding misbehaviour and misconduct of Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) bus driver in Adabari-Basistha route of Guwahati city on Friday, the bus has been seized and the driving licence kept for suspension.
Chaliha through twitter brought the matter to the notice of Transport Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya and Secretary, Transport department, Adil Khan following which a case was registered against the driver under Section182(2) relating to offences like misbehaviour, using abusive language and driving dangerously.
“In the wake of a complaint, the driver of the bus was asked to report to DTO enforcement wing. A case was registered under Section182(2) against the driver for offences relating to conductor licence, misbehaviour or using abusive language and driving dangerously. The vehicle now seized, is kept under custody. The driving license of the driver is also kept for suspension,” said Khan.
Transport Minister, Suklabaidya has made it clear that any employee of the public transport involved in serious misconduct will be dealt with severely as part of its zero tolerance approach.
In another incident, a show cause notice was served to the Divisional Superintendent (I/c), ASTC, Silchar by Managing Director, ASTC on directions of Transport Minister following complaint from a passenger regarding suspension of night super service from Silchar to Guwahati without any valid reason on July 10. Subsequently, an alternative bus was arranged by ASTC on the instruction of Transport Minister.
Seeking reply to the show cause notice within three days, the Managing Director said the sudden decision by the Divisional Superintendent incharge to suspend the night bus service not only resulted in the loss of revenue but also lowered the image of the ASTC in the eyes of the general public.