Haryana not to hike bus fare, Minister

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Chandigarh, Jun 8 (UNI) The Haryana Government has no proposal to hike the bus fares despite the recent increase in diesel prices.

This information was given here today by Transport Minister Mange Ram Gupta.

He said that inspite of the increase in the diesel prices no bus fare hike would be effected as this decision would directly effect the pocket of the common man.

Meanwhile Mr Gupta clarified that the drivers in Haryana Roadways buses would be appointed from among those who had qualified their driving and interview test.

The selection list of the drivers would be released within next two or three days.

Mr Gupta maintained the department had no proposal to recruit some drivers through a private agency on contract basis to cope with the shortage of the drivers with a view to provide better facilities to the commuters in the State. He maintained that the list of the selected drivers by the selection committee of the department was being released soon.

The Minister said that similarly the recruitment of conductors was also being made through the Haryana Staff Selection Commission and the written test and the interview for the same had already been conducted. The conductors would be selected from among those who would pass their written test and interview. He said that there was a no iota of truth that the drivers and conductors were being recruited through a private agency.

He said that Haryana Roadways was committed to provide better facilities to the commuters and for this purpose 1400 new buses including replacements would be added in the Haryana Roadways fleet by the end of December. The strength of the fleet of Haryana Roadways would go upto 3900 buses from 3500 buses at present.

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