Three-official panel on bus fares
The state government has set up a three-member committee to look into the demand for a hike in the fares of buses and minibuses.
The committee is made up of three officials of the transport department and the mandate is to look into all demands of the bus and minibus operators, including bringing workers within the insurance net and waiving fees for certain tests.
“The committee will start working from next week and will submit a report to the government within 30 days,” said an official of the transport department. “To begin with, the committee will start hearing out representatives from different bus and minibus unions.”
Private bus operators had demanded setting up of a regulatory commission that would decide on revision of fares after considering different aspects of the industry. Last week, the transport department had agreed to the demand before requesting bus operators to resume services.