Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah calls private transporters’ demands impossible
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday called some of the demands by private transporters, who are observing a bandh today by staying off roads, “impossible demands” and said they cannot be met.
The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Associations has called for a bandh today, following which lakhs of private vehicles including autos, taxis, maxi cabs, goods vehicles and corporate buses have stayed off the roads, making commuting difficult for school students and office-goers, among others, who depend on them.
Siddaramaiah said he and Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy have heard the transporters’ demands, but “if they keep impossible demands, it cannot be met.”
One of the demands of the transporters is that the government bear the losses they are incurring due to the Shakti scheme, which offers free bus rides to women on state-run transport buses. Siddaramaiah said it is practically not possible to meet this demand as the scheme is for the benefit of women.
The federation has also demanded a ban on bike taxis. Siddaramaiah said the government will look into the demand.
The private transporters have claimed that they have been negatively impacted by the Shakti scheme and that the state government has not fulfilled their demands despite repeated discussions.
The bandh has caused inconvenience to commuters, especially school students and office-goers. The government has appealed to the transporters to call off the bandh and resume operations.
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