KERALA

Travel concessions to be withdrawn

Staff Reporter



No more concession to students in private buses

Operators say they pay Rs.1,20,000 as tax each year



Kozhikode: The District Bus Operators’ Organisation has said that it will stop granting travel concessions to students in private buses in the district from July 15.

The bus operators demanded that the Government stop providing concession to students of self-financing colleges, un-aided schools and parallel colleges and increase the concession rate to 50 per cent for other students.

The concession system was introduced when students comprised a mere 10 per cent of the total passengers in a bus. Now, students constitute 60 per cent of the total passengers in the bus. The concession rate, which was 50 per cent of the normal bus charge, was increased to nearly 84 per cent over the years. In effect, students need to give only 16 per cent of the normal rate (as per the pre-revised rate in 2001).

A student pays only 50 paise as the one way fare and has to pay just Rs.25 as bus fare or a month. But the same student will have to pay Rs.400 a month for travelling by the school bus. While the school bus deposit Rs.1,500 as tax in a year, private bus operators pay Rs.1,20,000 as tax each year.

The last increase in travel rates for students was effected six years ago.

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