Private bus companies have threatened a “Bengaluru bandh” on September 11 in opposition to Karnataka’s free bus travel policy for women.
On September 11, private transportation operators intend to declare a “Bengaluru bandh” in opposition to the free bus travel policy for women in Karnataka, which they claim has cost them business. According to a Moneycontrol report, as many as 32 transport unions have told reporters that the ‘Shakti’ program, implemented by the present Congress government in the southern state after their resounding victory in the May 10 assembly elections, has had an influence on them.
Among other things, the demands made by the unions include a 10,000 rupee financial aid for each driver and a ban on bike taxis. (HTML File/For Use As A Model)
Among other things, the union members want a ban on bike taxis and a financial aid of 10,000 yen for each driver. (HTML File/For Use As A Model)
What requirements are there for private transporters?
- In addition to other demands like a complete ban on app-based aggregators, the creation of a corporation to support unorganized commercial drivers, scholarships for the drivers’ children, low-interest loans, and many more, members of the unions are asking for a financial aid of 10,000 for each driver and a ban on bike taxis.
- Auto rickshaws, private taxis, cabs, and school buses are among the expected participants in the strike, but it is unclear how it will affect daily life. Similar strikes in the past haven’t had an effect on city businesses or commuters.
After the state’s transport minister, Ramalinga Reddy, promised action, the strike was originally postponed until July 27, but a high-ranking official from the Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association told media that their demands have not been addressed.
In response to the state government’s announcement that it would impose a “lifetime tax,” the Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association also staged a protest on Thursday. However, they withdrew their protest after officials said they would continue to levy the current road tax system, which is paid quarterly.
Source- Hindustan times