The Haryana government on Thursday decided to increase bus fares by 15 paise per kilometer and increase VAT on diesel and petrol prices, attracting Congress party flak to “burden the people” during an epidemic.
The fare of ordinary, luxury and super luxury buses has been increased from 85 paise per km per passenger to Rs 1 per km to partially meet the increased cost of operating the buses, an official statement said. The official statement said after the state cabinet meeting.
The cost of operating the buses has increased from Rs 37.48 per km in June 2016 to Rs 52.23 per km in December 2019. Haryana Roadways has a fleet of about 4,294 buses and operates around 10.38 lakh km on a daily basis.
Public transport is off the roads due to the nationwide lockout to prevent the spread of coronovirus.
The statement said that bus fares are very low, with a 25 percent increase in 2010–11 and a 20 percent increase in 2012–13.
In another decision, the cabinet approved the partial reinstatement of VAT on diesel and petrol prices and a complete ban on the purchase of new vehicles except buses used for public transport and vehicles used during emergency responses. decided to. Current financial year.
The increase in tax rate will be Rs 1 per liter on petrol and Rs 1.1 per liter on diesel.
The Haryana Cabinet also decided to impose one percent market fee and Haryana Rural Development Fund cess on the sale of fruits and vegetables in the mandis.
The Congress said that other governments were putting money in the hands of the people at the time of crisis, but the BJP-JJP government was working to the contrary.
“Today, the Khattar cabinet has written a black chapter of anti-people measures! Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “People have more money in their hands everywhere, but BJP-JJP government and more are migrating daily.”
Surjewala said that Rs 1.10 per liter on petrol / diesel, bus fare increase on fruits and vegetables and market duty is the new J Jaziya tax! ”.
Haryana Congress President Kumari Selja also rejected the Khattar government’s move to “burden the people” in times of crisis.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently said that Haryana is incurring a revenue loss of Rs 4,600 crore.
Khattar had said in a television address, “We have to curb our expenses and generate sources of income”.