Proposed bus strike called off on govt request

Bhubaneswar: Following the request of State government, All Odisha Private Bus Owners Association on Monday (AOBOA) has withdrawn the proposed bus strike scheduled to be held from December 1.

“The meeting discussed all the demands of the association in detail. I have requested them to call off their proposed strike as their demands are under active consideration of the government,” Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi told reporters after the meeting.

“The meeting was fruitful as the government assured them that their demands were under its active consideration.
The government has assured it would reconsider its decision to hike motor vehicle tax in the winter session of the state assembly”, said AOBOA secretary Debendra Sahu.

Besides, the government will take a decision on the modality regarding jurisdiction of city buses within three months, said Sahu. He also said that if the government does not fulfill their demands within the prescribed time, they would take future course of action accordingly

Talking to the media, the Association members said the government is considering their demand to reconsider its decision to hike motor vehicle tax in the forthcoming winter session of the State Assembly beginning on Tuesday.

They also informed that the government will take a decision on the modality of city buses within three months.

After an hour-long meeting with the office-bearers of the Association at the State Secretariat here, Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi said the meeting discussed all the demands of the Association threadbare.

“I requested the Association to call off their proposed strike as its demands are under active consideration of the state government”, the minister said.