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Bandh politics: Mamata threatens to cancel permits

Bandh politics: Mamata threatens to cancel permits
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday threatened to cancel permits and licences of those private transport owners who will join the Left backed transport strike on 31 July. She also warned that the state government may withdraw the Rs 600 crore subsidy in the transport sector if bus operators join the strike. ‘We will purchase new buses instead’, she said.

She asked government employees to attend their offices and threatened that the government will order pay cuts for those who skip their duties on 31 July.

‘We will not entertain any bandhs. If the private and minibus operators as well as taxi owners abide by the CPIM and Citu leaders decision to hold the transport strike on 31 July and don’t operate their vehicles, our Government may cancel your permits and licences. We may withdraw the subsidy also and utilise the money for the people,’ Mamata said at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday.

The private and minibus owners and taxi operators have called a transport strike on 31 July  demanding hike in transport fares. The Citu has supported the strike.

Citu state president Shyamal Chakraborty however said, ‘We don’t want any hike in transport fares, but want the state government to give subsidy to the private transport operators to save them from the losses they incur in running their vehicles.’

Mamata also sounded a note of caution for those who were encouraging bandhs. ‘CPIM and Citu are still indulging in the politics of strikes which serves no purpose except intensifying the hardships of common people. In 2010-11, about 66 lakh mandays were lost due to bandhs and strikes in our state. During 2011-12, we have reduced the figure to 66,000.

When in the opposition, we had also called a few bandhs and strikes, but later we realised that such movements did not yield any effective result. But the CPIM and Citu are still indulging in such destructive politics,’ the Chief Minister alleged.
Nandini Guha

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