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Meeting on students’ half-fare ended without decisions

Propose to form a task force

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:53 PM, 27 November 2021   Updated: 05:06 PM, 27 November 2021



Although no clear decision was taken in the meeting on ‘half fare for students in public transport’, it has been proposed to form a task force comprising the concerned ministries of the government including owners-workers of the road-transport.   

The proposal was made at a meeting between the senior officials of BRTA and the Bus Owners Association, Workers Federation at the BRTA office in the capital’s Banani from 11:45 am to 2:15 pm on Saturday.

According to meeting sources, “no decision” was taken in the meeting regarding half pass. However, there was a brief discussion on the reasons or ways to meet the demand of half pass for students. The meeting ended without any decision.

During this, several proposals have been made by transport leaders, including the formation of a task force. The next decision will be taken after considering the proposals.  

After the meeting, Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said efforts were being made to resolve the students’ demands “logically”. “80% of bus owners in Dhaka are poor,” he mentioned. 

“How the government will compensate the owners’ loss after taking the half rent? That decision must be made,” Enayet Ullah also said. “We have given some proposals. We proposed to form a task force consisting of all.” 

Requesting the students, the transport leader said bus vandalism, beating workers for the demand of half-fare is continuing. “We request the students to return to the educational institution.”

Asked when the task force would be formed, BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder said it was a new proposal. The formation of the task force will be decided later. “The decision that will come through the task force will be implemented in that way,” he informed.

Nur Mohammad Mazumder further said that “concessions” (benefits) have been offered by the transport leaders. The leaders wanted statistics on the number of educational institutions, how many students and how many people use buses. The Ministry of Education will provide that information.  

Regarding the formation of the task force, BRTA Chairman said “the transport leaders are sincere in implementing half-fare in buses”. But a proposal has been made to form a task force with the government and those involved in transport to decide “how to compensate for the losses and how much subsidy will be given”. The government will be informed about the task force, he added.

Meanwhile, the BRTA chairman and transport leaders urged the students to leave the road and return to the educational institution till the decision is taken on regarding the half-fare for the students.