Shimla: Himachal transport minister Mahinder Singh Thakur on Friday said that due to some administrative compulsions, interviews of 1,800 bus conductors to be recruited into the state transport corporation (HRTC) have been cancelled.
Replying to a question raised by Congress members Mukesh Agnihotri and Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, the transport minister said HRTC was running in losses amounting to Rs 512 crore. To tackle such huge losses some immediate administrative reforms were being initiated in the corporation. The corporation would now recruit bus- sahayaks in place of conductors. These bus-sahayaks would work on commission basis and would cost cheaper to the Corporation, he said.
Replying to another question by Congress member Rajesh Dharmani, Mahinder Singh said that the government has a proposal regarding construction of a parking lot near Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla. The government has also appointed a consultant to prepare the master plan for the building. He informed that the capacity of this five-floor parking would be around 375 vehicles and this building would be prepared on public private partnership mode.
Health minister Rajiv Bindal in reply to a question raised by Congress member Kaul Singh Thakur said the central government has sanctioned Rs 30 crore for CRI Kasauli in the budget plans for the year 2010-11. He said the drug manufacturing license of CRI Kasauli was cancelled by the health department on January 1, 2008.