In Karnataka, the federation of Karnataka state private transport association is observing state wide Bandh today. Normal life has severely been disrupted as the commuters to office have suffered immensely. Auto rickshaws, buses and cabs, privately owned but operated commercially, have decided to observe Bandh today.
As per the announcement, all of the private commercial vehicles are off the road today to protest till the time state government agrees to their 28-point demand list. An estimated seven lakh vehicles are off road today in the state and schools have decided to remain shut today to not cause inconvenience to the students or their parents.
Among the most prominent demand is that government withdraws Shakti scheme, which allows Karnataka domiciled women to travel free of cost on non-premium buses. The private taxi and bus operators now say that this scheme eats into their profits and the government must attend to their woes.
On ‘Bengaluru Bandh’ called by Private Transport Association against Karnataka government’s Shakti Programme, State Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy says, “The Union is demanding Rs 1,000 crores as compensation…Some issues are in the High Court and Supreme Court…Things which I can solve, I have taken actions on that…”.