The Communist Party of India city unit organised a protest march from the statue of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha at Bhai Wala Chowk to Mini Secretariat against the bus fare hike by 8 paise per km by the Punjab Government.
The hike in fare will add to the misery of the people already reeling under the price rise, they said.
Various speakers addressing the gathering said that this has been done to please the private transporters who have to pay crores to the government. Instead, of recovering this from them the government is putting the burden on the people.
Moreover the prime timings and routes have been allotted to the private operators. It is pertinent to note that most of the private transport is under the ownership of Badal Family or their kin. This is incurring loss to the government. The speakers demanded immediate roll back of the fare hike and asked for a policy to be framed.
Those who addressed include District secretary, Kartar Singh Bowani and Dr Arun Mitra, assistant secretaries D P Maur, Gurnam Sidhu, Gurnam Gill, Kewal Singh, Manjit Singh Boota, Feroze Master among others.