Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Private bus operators in the State will go on an indefinite strike in protest against the alleged move by the government and the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to destroy the private bus industry.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Kerala State Private Bus Operators Federation president A.K. Abdulla and general secretary Lawerence Babu said the strike decision was taken at the central committee meeting of the federation.

Permits

The federation leaders said a notification on September 15 had stated that permits issued to private buses after May 9 would not be renewed. Besides that, permits issued before May 9 would be handed over to the KSRTC if they applied for it. If the KSRTC did not need the permit, temporary permits would be issued to private buses.

Mr. Lawerence said the decisions were aimed at breaking the backbone of the private bus industry which provided jobs to several lakh people and took care of their commuting needs.

The federation’s central committee has condemned the move of the KSRTC and the government. The federation leaders said a decision on the dates of the strike would be decided in consultation with other private bus operators’ organisations.

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