Dec 12, Colombo: A five-member Ministerial committee has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to look into the railway strike.
The decision to appoint a committee to hold discussions with railway employees engaged in the strike and to evaluate and resolve their issues, was taken after a lengthy discussion at the cabinet meeting today.
The cabinet has approved the appointment of the committee which will be chard by Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama.
The other members of the committee are; Ministers Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Ranjith Madduma Bandara.
Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva says that he hopes all trade unions involved in the strike will make their submissions to the Committee.
Meanwhile, the retired train engine drivers were called today to minimize the inconvenience caused to the public. Accordingly, Deputy General Manager of the Railway Department, Vijaya Samarasinghe handed over the appointment letters to the recalled drivers.
The Ministry of Transport said that 40 trains plied today.
Chief Engineer of Power sets M K D Fernando said steps have been taken to run essential train services with the help of those who are not taking part in the trade union action. Priority will be given to office trains and to trains transporting fuel.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) has also launched a special bus service in line with the Railway schedule. The Ministry of Transport said 1000 additional buses, 60 luxury buses and 650 buses normally used for school services were deployed for the daily services. Railway season ticket holders and passengers who have reserved train tickets will be able to travel in these buses free of charge.