Warning of initiating contempt action against the officials concerned, the bench directed that the transport commissioner be present before it tomorrow morning.
The direction came on an application by one of the concessionaires running the cluster buses in the city who claimed that the government till date had not taken a decision on implementing the court's order and as a result 700 of its drivers were on strike.
Therefore, an equal number of buses were also off the road, the concessionaire -- A B Grain Spirits Pvt Ltd -- told the bench.
The court in its December 6 order of last year had said the Delhi government cannot treat the drivers, provided by concessionaires running the cluster buses, differently from the conductors being supplied by state-run agencies like the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
It had asked the government to make necessary amendments in the concessionaire agreement, with regard to the amount payable in terms of the minimum wage notifications issued, and to "consequently increase the wages".
The bench had said that the petitioners (concessionaires) shall calculate the amount payable and a copy of the calculation sheet be given to the government which "shall effect payment of the amount".
Reportedly, of the over 5,500 public transport buses in the national capital, about 2,000 run under the cluster scheme and the remaining are run by the DTC.
As per the minimum wages scheme, a skilled person ought to receive a pay of Rs 16,182 per month while semi-skilled Rs 14,698.
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