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According to the Minister of Transport and Light Rail, the file of the CNT employees has been sent to the Pay Research Bureau. Recommendations are awaited, he said.

As announced in Le Défi Quotidien of January 3, the government plans to integrate the 2,100 drivers, conductors, mechanics and “Traffic Controllers” of the National Transport Company (CNT) into the Pay Research Bureau (PRB). Until now, these employees were subject to the conditions of the National Remuneration Board (NRB), a situation that has been denounced for 42 years. The Minister of Transport and Light Rail, Alan Ganoo, made the announcement yesterday, Wednesday, July 3, 2024, during the launch of 20 new CNT buses and the introduction of the MoBis mobile application. The CNT employees' file has been sent to the PRB, he assures.

“The salaries of the vast majority of CNT employees are regulated by the NRB,” recalls Alan Ganoo. A technical committee had been set up within the ministry to examine the various union representations. “We did not ignore this request. A report was commissioned. A second committee, chaired by the secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, was then set up to analyse the report. The committee studied the specific nature of the work, the employees' 'scheme of service', as well as the complexity of the situation. A proposal was made for the file to be sent to the PRB for an in-depth study. Recommendations are expected. The work is underway. We will not let you down,” says the minister.

Defaulting Operators

In his speech, Alan Ganoo also criticised “operators who do not play the game”. “Some buses do not pick up passengers at stops or make fewer trips per day. It is regrettable that some operators do not respect the rules. Some buses do not pick up elderly people, and students arrive late to school. This is not acceptable,” the minister insisted.

According to him, the National Land Transport Authority (NLTA) has received many complaints against some operators. “We are tired of this situation! There are still ‘defaulters’ despite the disciplinary committee. Operators must take responsibility because the government can also take necessary action,” he warns.

MoBis

The MoBis mobile application will allow travelers to know the routes and schedules of CNT buses and other vans in real time. “People will no longer have to wait at the bus stop. They will only have to consult the mobile application and they will know when to take their respective buses,” explains Rao Rama, the general director of the CNT.

The fleet will soon comprise 360 ​​buses. Of these, 60 have already been replaced and the remaining 300 (200 electric and 100 diesel) will come in the next 12 months, explains Rao Rama. The Ministry of Land Transport and Light Rail, he points out, is in negotiations with the Government of India for the acquisition of the 200 electric buses through a line of credit.

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