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Private bus strike in State from tomorrow

Special Correspondent

Private bus operators' federation decides not to join the strike


Bus owners' body seeks fare increase

Demands revision of student concession


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Private Bus Owners Federation, a coordination committee of six organisations, will go on an indefinite strike from Thursday to press its six-point charter of demands.

K. Thrivikraman, president of the federation, and P.K. Pavithran, general secretary, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the State council of the body which met here on Tuesday decided to go ahead with the strike.

The federation had urged the State government to revise the fare of students; provide concession only to students of government and aided institutions; grant concession to the industry in proportion to the benefits enjoyed by students; fix the minimum charge at Rs.5 and fare per km at 65 paise; formulate a transport policy that supports both the private and the public sector transport systems; and withdrawal of the steps taken by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation that had affected the private bus services.

They said the prices of diesel and spare parts had increased by 50 per cent. The wages of workers had also gone up. Hence, an increase in fares had become imperative. The bus fare of students had not been revised after 2001. The concession should be revised immediately.

Members of the federation are the All-Kerala Bus Operators Organisation, the Kerala State Private Bus Owners Federation, the Kerala Samsthana Bus Vyavasaya Samrakshana Samithi, the Limited Stop Bus Operators Syndicate, the Kerala State Bus Owners and Operators Federation and the Kerala State Limited Stop Bus Operators Coordination Committee.

Divergent stand

Staff Reporter writes from Kozhikode: The Kerala State Private Bus Operators' Federation will not cooperate with the strike call.

In a press release, president A.K. Abdulla termed the strike untimely and unnecessary on grounds that the fare revision committee appointed by the government was making steady progress in its work following the demand for fare revision issued by the federation in July-August 2010.

Agreeing with the demands raised by the protesting unions, Mr. Abdulla stated that going on strike was not fair as the committee had already collected evidence from the bus operators as well as student unions and was about to submit an interim report to the government.

The federation was trying to find solution to the problems by discussing with the committee and the government, he said.

The district unit of the All Kerala Bus Operators Organisation urged its members to make the indefinite strike a success.

In a release, general secretary K.Radhakrishnan alleged that the fare revision committee had not submitted the interim report even after six months of its formation and was prolonging it till the Assembly polls.

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