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Transport minister Madan Mitra had hinted at holding out early retirement scheme (ERS) to around 1,500 'unfit' employees and bring about the much-needed 'reform' at the state transport corporations. But the minister backtracked from his stance within 24 hours, saying he was "misinterpreted" on Friday and that he had never suggested job-cuts as the way-out for the sick PSUs.

Mitra on Saturday softened his stand after chief minister Mamata Banerjee reportedly chided him for making such a "politically incorrect" statement. The minister was called into the CM's chambers on Saturday, but he shrugged off suggestions of being reprimanded by Mamata for making such a statement without consulting the latter. On the contrary, Mitra retorted, "The chief minister is my boss, she can always call me for discussions. But she hasn't asked me to share those close-door discussions with anybody. I have no idea how people have got to know what transpired between the two of us."


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North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) staffer Loknath Dey committed suicide on Wednesday morning at his home in the Kalabagan area of Cooch Behar town. Family members alleged that due...

North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) staffer Loknath Dey committed suicide on Wednesday morning at his home in the Kalabagan area of Cooch Behar town. Family members alleged that due to a financial crisis, he took the drastic decision.
Dey, 53, an NBSTC mechanical staff who had been posted at Suri from July had been suffering from a financial crisis because of irregular payment of salary. His wife Ratna suffers from tuberculosis and has been admitted to Cooch Behar J D Hospital for some time. His only son Sanjoy was married and has a five-year-old son. With no income in this situation, Loknath was mentally broken. Although posted in Suri, he had come home to Cooch Behar on leave. On Wednesday morning, he was found hanging in his room.
Sanjoy said: "My mother is in hospital, my wife and child were in an another place and I was the only one in the house. When I woke up, I found my father hanging in his room. He had been in a very bad mental state for some time and had a huge loan burden."
Ratna, who came home on hearing the news, said: "I am a TB patient, For some time my husband was not getting his salary. We did not have food at home and the moneylender frequently came to our house pressuring us for his money. In this situation, Loknath took this decision because of depression."
NBSTC managing director C Murugan said: "I am very sad to know of the incident as he was an NBSTC employee. Police will investigate the reason for him committing suicide."
NBSTC employees have received 75 per cent of their pay from April to October. Sources said that Loknath had received 75 per cent of his salary till September but had not received anything for October and November. This means that Loknath had not received anything for four months.

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