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Private bus owners in Kerala announce indefinite strike from today

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Bennie Garza | 16 February, 2018, 22:13

They added that they would start a hunger strike in front of the Secretariat if the government failed to sort out the issue before Monday.

Demanding further hike in bus fare, private buses kept off the road on Friday as part of an indefinite strike launched by its operators in the State.

However, private bus operators had asked for the fare to be increased to Rs 10 instead of Rs 8 for the ordinary services. The revised bus fare would come into affect from March 1. It recommended fixing the minimum charge of Fast Passenger buses at Rs 11, that of Superfast and Superexpress buses at Rs 22, of Super Deluxe buses at Rs 30 and of AC Service buses and AC Volvo, at Rs 44 and Rs 45, respectively.

"We are facing a crisis due to the frequent rise in fuel prices and taxes". "We will not accept the new fare announced by the government".

They also expressed concerns over students' concession.

One of their main demands was to fix the minimum fare at Rs 10 and also a 50 per cent hike in concession for students, Kerala Private Bus Operators Association president MB Sathyan said. "Nearly 60 percent of passengers are students".

The association has urged the state government to implement the recommendations in Justice Ramachandran commission report. Since then, fuel prices and other expenses have increased manifold. "But the government didn't revise their minimum fare." said T. Gopinath, general secretary of the All Kerala Bus Operators Organisation.

Demanding fare hike, private buses in Kerala have chose to go off the roads from today on February 16. Fifteen pensioners reportedly committed suicide after the government stopped paying the pensions.

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