Bengaluru: Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Wednesday said that the KSRTC bus strike should be called off today itself as they are asking for 18% wage hike.
"I will convey their (KSRTC staff) demands to the Karnataka CM. However, the CM is clear on giving 10% hike," Ramalinga Reddy, Karnataka Transport Minister, said.
Earlier, on Monday, employees of state-owned Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) had launched an indefinite strike to press for their salary hike demand, affecting normal life across the state including the IT capital Bengaluru.
Around 150 buses were damaged in stone pelting allegedly by sections of agitators reported in Hassan, Bengaluru, Ramanagara, Belagavi, Shivamogga, Koppal and Chikkamagaluru, police said.
Office goers, patients and passengers had to bear the brunt with no buses plying on roads in Bengaluru, as also elsewhere in the state.
KSRTC bus strike
Over one lakh employees of four state transport corporations are on strike with around 41 demands, prominent among them being a hike in salaries.