Cases against Mumbai Rly motormen to be withdrawn: Govt

Police cases against motormen of the Central and Western Railways, who have since called off their strike in Mumbai, will be withdrawn, Parliament was informed today.

Updated: May 04, 2010, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Police cases against motormen of
the Central and Western Railways, who have since called off
their strike in Mumbai, will be withdrawn, Parliament was
informed today.

At the same time, the Railways will withdraw any
disciplinary action against them, Minister of State for
Railway E Ahmed said in the Rajya Sabha.

"The conciliation process was started by the Home
Minister of Maharashtra. All cases registered by the police
have to be withdrawn....the disciplinary action by the
Railways will also be taken back," he said.

The minister made the statement in response to demands by
members in both Houses about the government`s stand over the
strike which brought Mumbai to a halt since yesterday
affecting suburban trains which ferry seven millions of people
every day.

A fast track committee is looking into the motormen`s
demands for increase in salary and allowances, another
Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said in an
identical statement in the Lok Sabha which saw repeated
adjournments on the issue.

The committee "is expected to submit its report by June
15. Further action on the issue would require consultation and
approval of the ministry of finance," he said.

Opposition members targetted Railway Minister and
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee for failing to avert
the situation and was busy with Municipal polls in Kolkata.

PTI