To effectively demand the release of various subsidies and financial assistance assured by the government, All Goa Private Bus Owners Association has called for a one-day hunger strike in Panaji.
General Secretary of the association, Sudip Tamankar, informed that the notice for the hunger strike was served to the Director of Transport, the Chief Minister and the Transport Minister on October 30. The strike has been scheduled for November 6.
Bus owners are upset due to non release of funds to them by the government for the past three years even though budgetary provision were set. The private bus owners are suffering losses due to the the alleged illegal operation by Kadamba Transport Corporation and the pass system issued by it.
Tamankar has alleged that bus owners have not received benefits of the schemes run by the government such as the Goa State Fuel Subsidy scheme (ending this November), while the three years insurance scheme ended in March 2017. He said that even the applications submitted by the private bus owners three years ago are yet to be cleared.
The General Secretary of the association also said that the renewal of permits and transfer of the vehicles is taking a long time, two to three months sometimes. A detailed detailed representation was submitted to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on July 13, 2017, by the association. While, on September 21, the Transport Director was directed to resolve the issues but no steps have been taken so far, Tamankar added.
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