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Schin Pilot slams bus fare hike in Rajasthan

Pilot pointed out that even after the price of roadways fare was hiked exponentially one year ago, roadways was still running in loss .

Written by Rajeev Jain | Jaipur |
Updated: August 28, 2015 12:00:49 am
sachin pilot, onion rates, onion price, bus fare hike, rajasthan bus fare, congress, bjp, vasundhara raje, rajasthan bus fare hike, india news Pilot said that the government had not taken into consideration that onion prices were sky rocketing and had increased the bus fare from 5 to 7 paisa per km in the normal.

State Congress President Sachin Pilot has slammed the hike in bus fare by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC), claiming that on top of high inflation, this would come as another blow on the pocket of the common man by an insensitive government.

Pilot said that the government had not taken into consideration that onion prices were sky rocketing and had increased the bus fare from 5 to 7 paisa per km in the normal, express and semi-deluxe buses.

He pointed out that even after the price of roadways fare was hiked exponentially one year ago, roadways was still running in loss .

The Congress leader further claimed that now that civic polls were over, the BJP government would also declare a hike in electricity rates and UD tax.

Talking about the state government’s proposal of bringing Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in the development of state highways, Pilot said he agreed with the objection raised by the central government that it was not a ‘futuristic step’.

In a statement, Pilot said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in the state budget, had put a provision of getting 20,000 km of road constructed under PPP model, but no progress had been made. He said private firms invest only when given a part of profit, so PPP can’t be introduced in services operated on the no profit-no loss principle. He also warned that if the government tried to privatise health services, Congress would oppose it on a massive scale.

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