Pvt bus operators protest in Bathinda, demand tax exemption to offset losses: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Bathinda, August 9

Passengers remained harassed as private bus operators staged a protest outside the Bathinda bus stop today.

The protesters demanded a relief package and urged the government to also announce free bus travel for women on private buses. Due to the protest, traffic came to a standstill in the city.

Narpinder Singh Ravi Jalal, District Manager, Private Bus Operators, Union, said, “We are incurring losses due to free bus rides for women on government operated buses.”

Baltej Singh Vander, Organiser, Malwa Private Bus Operator, said: “We are in debt due to demonetization and the Covid-19 pandemic. Now we are forced to protest because of high fuel prices and free travel for women on government-run buses. »

“We urge the state government to also announce free travel for women on private buses. Additionally, private bus operators should be provided with a relief program on government bus routes,” said Vander, adding that the tax on private buses should be removed.

Protesters said if the government did not agree to their demands, they would raise black flags on August 14.

Notably, more than 500 private buses serve the Bathinda bus stop daily.

In Muktsar, passengers faced many difficulties due to the strike. Jasveer Singh, a farmer from Khunde Halal village, said, “Due to the strike by private bus operators, people like me had to wait a long time at the bus stop.

To raise black flags

  • The protesters demanded a relief package and urged the government to also announce free bus travel for women on private buses.
  • “Private bus operators should receive a relief program on government bus routes,” said Baltej Singh Vander of Malwa Bus.
  • Protesters said if the government did not agree to their demands, they would raise black flags on August 14.
  • Notably, more than 500 private buses serve the Bathinda bus stop daily

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