CPI flays government over fare hike

KUMARHATTI: The CPI has criticized the BJP government for hiking the bus fare by 25 percent. Mr. Jagdish Bhardwaj a state secretariat member of CPI, while addressing a party district level conference at Sanwara near here today has called upon the state people to come out on roads to oppose the move. How the 25 percent hike could be justified when fuel prices have increased only 2 to 3 percent, questioned Mr. Bhardwaj.

“This was a highhandedness of government to put unjustified heavy burden on public. The decision was more shocking as BJP had come to power to launch public welfare schemes in large scale.”

He said that the government should increase the minimum daily wage of private sector labourers to Rs. 100. This increase should be made applicable from the start of current year when wages of government sector workers were enhanced to Rs. 100. The private sector labourers were still getting monthly minimum wages of Rs. 2250, he rued.

The number of such labourers in state was around five lakh. The government should issue the notification to increase wages of private labourers at the earliest, he asserted.

While Criticizing Dhumal government, Mr. Bhardwaj said that there was a scandal in PDS system. The efforts were being made to dismantle the PDS system. The government was trying to cover only those people under system who were living under poverty line, he pointed out. Whereas the system should be remained applicable to other classes also, he maintained.

Meanwhile Mr. Parshutam Sharma has been elected district secretary of Solan CPI. Mr. Anup Prashad and Rakesh Pal were elected co- secretaries. The 18 new members’ executive committee of district was formed besides formation of 51-member district council of party.

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