India, July 10 -- Twenty-five-year old Suraj Kumar Mishra was recruited as driver in the UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) six months ago and has been driving a 'knackered' bus between Lucknow and Prayagraj.

"I am on contract, hence salary is quite low, and if something happens to me, who will feed my family," he said while expressing sadness over Monday's Yamuna Expressway bus accident.

"These buses do not have even basic facilities for the staff. They do not have even a fan and drivers are forced to drive in sweltering heat. And during rains, water seeps through the leaking roof", Mishra said.

Incidentally, the contract drivers are more than twice the number of regular drivers - 14,700 contract drivers and 6039 regular dri...