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."
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.