As part of his government’s flagship program “Ghar Ghar Rozgar Yojana”, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will grant minibus permits on Wednesday, mainly to unemployed youth. While the beneficiaries all praise the initiative, they are also concerned about the rising prices of fuel, in particular diesel, on which the buses will run.
Devigarh resident Simranjit Singh, originally from Amarinder Singh’s home district and one of the few to obtain the permit via video conference, expressed concern about the increase in fuel prices.
“Last year, when I applied for the permit, the price of diesel was around Rs 68 per liter. Now it costs over Rs 80 per liter. This is all due to government policies, ”said Simranjit, without specifying whether he was talking about the state or the central government.
The 30-year-old, from a farming family who took a course at the Industrial Training Institute after 10 + 2, said he was also considering whether to opt for a new bus or get one in working order. “It will depend on the budget,” he added.
Originally from Salempur village in Fatehgarh district, Parminder Singh, 43, in an apparent reference to the Center, said: “It would be nice if the government cut taxes on fuel.
He however defended the high taxes imposed by the Punjabi government on fuel. “Punjab nu aamdan from ghat aa sources (Punjab has limited income resources),” he added.
Harpreet Singh (23) from Bhagwan settlement located between Nabha and Lahoran Kalan village in Patiala district also pointed out the problem of rising fuel prices, but hoped that they will decrease once the situation is over. Covid will have improved. “There has to be a source of income (for the state). It (fuel prices) will normalize when things improve. Compared to Rajasthan, fuel in Punjab is cheaper by around 10 rupees a liter, ”said Harpreet, who worked as a salesperson for a sporting goods store for about three months and was paid a salary of 5,000 rupees there. a few months ago. Harpreet said his father who worked as a “private driver” motivated him to apply for the minibus license.
Gurmanjot Singh, 19, from Udowali Kalan, Gurdaspur district, is full of praise for the government’s initiative. “Private transportation has become so expensive due to rising fuel prices. So people would opt for public transport, ”said Gurmanjot, who completed his 10 + 2 at a school in Kotli Surat Malhi in Gurdaspur district.
An official from the Punjab transport department, wishing not to be named, said about 3,100 new minibus permits were issued before the High Court of Punjab and Haryana declared them invalid. The official said the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the permits had been declared invalid since 2012.
Meanwhile, the Association of Mini Bus Operators on Tuesday opposed new permits for unemployed youth. Members of the association protested against the “Punjab government’s policy of granting new permits by revoking around 7,000 old permits already in force.”
“We asked the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, that before granting 5,000 new licenses, the government should think about the old ones. Policy needs to be developed, ”said Jatinder Agra, former head of the Association of Mini-Bus Operators.
However, the Punjab transport official said: “About 3,100 permits have been canceled on the instructions of the court. They died of their own death.
“The CM said we need to provide jobs for young people as these routes need to be operationalized,” the official said, adding that “of the approximately 3,100 new permits, more than 100 have been awarded to existing operators.”
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