Assam transport department continues strike as govt turns down bus fare hike demand
Transport associations in Assam have decided to continue with their indefinite strike after the state government on Tuesday made it clear that bus fares cannot be increased as people are facing many hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Various associations have been insisting on doubling the fares, but Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, in a meeting with its representatives, said it will be unwise to effect any hike in the present situation.
He urged them to call off the strike, with the assurance that all other demands would be looked into as long as public interest is not harmed.
The representatives said they want buses to operate with full passenger capacity, which the state government agreed to with necessary safety protocols.
A notification in this regard would be issued soon, the minister said.