Are government buses now in private hands? ;1,000 exchanged hands in Chennai!| Dinamalar

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The Tamil Nadu government has come to the decision to involve the private sector in bus transport to save the biggest public sector company of Tamil Nadu from losses. In the first phase, there is a plan to privatize the operation of 1,000 buses in Chennai. Gradually, 25 percent of the bus transport in Tamil Nadu will be privatized.

Regarding this, the transport corporation sources said: Due to the concessions including free travel and administrative irregularities, the transport corporations are facing a loss of 42 thousand crore rupees per year. Due to the heavy financial burden, the Tamil Nadu government is struggling to cover the loss. Finance Minister Thiagarajan spoke about reforming the transport corporations after the debate on the transport sector grant request was over in the Assembly. He also said that the government has taken a policy decision to allow private sector in the transport service.

After that, the government has seriously stepped into the field. In the first phase, arrangements are being made to allow private individuals to operate 1,000 buses in Chennai. Gradually, 25 percent of bus transport in Tamil Nadu will be privatized. Key features of this practice: Private purchase of buses with their own investment Bus driver should be hired by private company Bus maintenance should be done by private company

 For routes above 350 km per day, private will be charged service charge per km. He will hand over the bus fare collected daily to the government

Privatization of bus transport will reduce the cost of capital investment for the government. No driver salary, no vehicle maintenance cost

 The shortage of employees in the transport sector will decrease. Advantages of Privatization to Public:  Private bus service will be better than government bus service

 Private bus will arrive on time Buses will be maintained with cleanliness and hygiene. According to Government Continuity Page 9, 22,000 buses are being operated throughout Tamil Nadu. But, out of that, 5,000 buses are not running due to various reasons. The main reason for this is the lack of revenue on many routes. Also, due to free benefits for women, policemen and students, there is a continuous loss of revenue to the extent of several thousand crores of rupees to the transport corporations.

When the bus service is privatized, free concessions will be reduced. Thus, wasteful expenditure will be reduced and people will get quality service. In order to keep the environment clean, they decided to run electric buses in the previous regime. But, the cost of a bus is several crores of rupees. As there was not enough funds to buy it, they planned to give permission to private individuals to run electric buses in the first phase.

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For this, the Motor Vehicle Act was amended. It is on that basis that attempts are being made to privatize bus transport. It is well received by the general public. But out of the total 67 transport unions, 60 are strongly opposed to this decision, the sources said.

affect growth’

Government Transport Corporation Employees Federation – CITU, General Secretary Arumukhanayanar said: If the private sector is encouraged in the transport movement, there is an expectation that quality service will be available. But in order to operate on service basis, transport corporations were established and buses were nationalized in Tamil Nadu. If private sector is allowed, it will change from service sector to business enterprise run for profit. If private companies are making losses, they will not come forward to operate buses. He offers to operate buses only in crowded places. Therefore, there may be a bus-free situation for many places that currently have transportation facilities. It will cause problems for people. If it is a private bus, the fare will be increased; Offers will be forfeited. Rural economy has been boosted by government buses plying on rural routes. Privatization will lead to stagnation in development. There were 52 public transport corporations all over India, which were run by the government. Now, that’s down to just seven. -Thus he said.

‘DMK who plan and block’

General Secretary of Bharatiya Masduar Sangh, State President of Transport Workers Federation Vimeswaran said: Allowing private companies to operate buses which are service companies is equivalent to destroying the sector completely. That is why trade unions are against the government’s decision. DMK and trade union officials are secretly making the arrangements. They are planning and creating a situation where buses are running without income on many routes. In various routes, drivers and conductors are not assigned work and are sent home. They are also not paid for the day they are not assigned work. Hundreds of buses have been disabled in Chennai alone. This is what he said.

General Secretary of Bharatiya Masduar Sangh, State President of Transport Workers Federation Vimeswaran said: Allowing private companies to operate buses which are service companies is equivalent to destroying the sector completely. That is why trade unions are against the government’s decision. DMK and trade union officials are secretly making the arrangements. They are planning and creating a situation where buses are running without income on many routes. In various routes, drivers and conductors are not assigned work and are sent home. They are also not paid for the day they are not assigned work. Hundreds of buses have been disabled in Chennai alone. This is what he said.

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