Assam CM Sarma Ask Bus Owners to Not Increase Fare
It can be noted that the All Assam Motor Workers Union, of late, took a resolution to hike 50 percent bus fare.
GUWAHATI: In a major relief to the economically vulnerable people who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma asked the private bus owners to not hike the passenger bus fare.
The Chief Minister is of the view that it would not be a righteous decision to hike the fair now as the ongoing pandemic hit the hard economic state of a large section of people. "The pandemic has hit hard the people economically. A vast majority of people are struggling hard to cope with the situation. So, they(the bus owners) should postpone the decision to hike the fare for time being. We will later discuss the issue with them", he said. Chief Minister Sarma also said that the bus owners could hike the fare after the situation turns normal.
"Already, Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary called upon the private bus owners and workers to not hike fare in this situation. Like them, the people of the state also struggling against adversity. Like Assam, the second wave of the COVID-19 also severely hit other parts of the country", he added.
It can be noted that the All Assam Motor Workers Union, of late, took a resolution to hike 50 percent bus fare. The decision has drawn mixed reactions from the people of the state.
The AAMTA (All Assam Motor Transport Association ) submitted a memorandum to the Transport Commissioner here on Thursday. The Association also demanded that the authorities must issue a notification in this regard. They further demanded that the government must also stop toll-tax collection.