Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) chief Maheshvar Singh has urged the government to reduce the hike on bus fares in the state which he said had been announced despite fuel prices coming down and had put an additional burden on its already hard pressed residents.
"The government has failed to keep its promise to review the fare increase after diesel and petrol prices fell. It's patently unfair that at a time when global oil prices are gradually falling the government decided to raise bus fares. It must roll back the hike or at least scale it down as this may help to reduce inflation," he said
"Transport minister GS Bali promised residents of the state that he would review the fare hike when international crude prices fell. It's unfortunate that when this happened despite he failed to keep his promise to provide relief to the state's long suffering residents," Maheshvar added.
He said an HLP delegation is scheduled to meet the Himachal governor on January 19 to take up the matter.
"Earlier chief minister Virbhadra Singh also gave an assurance he would find ways on easing the financial burden on the state's residents when the government increased VAT on diesel by one percent to boost tax revenues, but no concrete step has been taken till now in this regard," he added.