Hit by delayed salary, NBSTC staffer hangs self

An employee of North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his house in Cooch Behar on late Saturday evening. He allegedly committed suicide owing to the financial problems triggered by irregular salary.

Biswarup Acharya, a resident of Chakir More in Cooch Behar, was unable to pay a loan of Rs 30,000, which he took for the medical treatment of his wife, who was suffering from cerebral attack. "For the last two months, father was not getting salary. As a result, there was huge loan that he had taken from the market. Unable to pay the loan, he committed suicide," said his daughter Monila Acharya.

NBSTC sources said the workers and employees were not paid 25 per cent of their salary from April. They are yet to get the salary for the month of November.

The local councillor, Mahananda Saha, held the Transport Department responsible for Acharya's death. Managing Director of the NBSTC, C Murugan, said he would inquire about the incident.

On December 12, another NBSTC employee, Loknath Dey, committed suicide due to irregular salary. It may be mentioned that in Bengal around 22,000 transport employees are not getting pension and around seven transport employees have already committed suicide due to irregular salary in the past one-and-a-half years.

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