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Kozhikode: Private bus operators in Kerala have declared an indefinite strike from March 24 onwards demanding hike in charges. The decision was taken by the joint protest committee of the bus owners.
Earlier, they had given a notice to the transport minister Antony Raju on the same. The bus owners have been demanding hike following covid-induced financial strain affecting the industry. Though the government recognised their demand as genuine, it did not act over it. After waiting for months and postponing the strike, the operators have again called for protest.
The operators demand that the minimum rate be increased to Rs 12. They have also sought an increase in the concession given to students. Antony Raju's recent comment on increasing the bus fares for students had drawn flak from student organisations.