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Controversy between administration and van operators refuses to die down

Jamshedpur, July 9: Giving false administrative order to charge excess fare from the parents of the school students, Private Van Operators are still playing with the lives of the students.

On Wednesday, private auto-van operators were seen distributing pamphlets in the name of DC Dr. Amitabh Kaushal in order to charge arbitrary fare from the parents.

Annoyed by the action, a delegation of Bhojpuri Navchetna Manch led by Mahanagar President Ankit Anand on Thursday met DC Dr. Amitabh Kaushal and demanded strict action against the culprit so that the parents and students who are facing a torrid time can settle down a bit.

During the meet, DC made it clear that administration has not intended any fare increase and it’s a serious case which needs to be handled carefully and the media would be informed to publish matter in the interest of the parents and strict action will be taken against the van operators who are involved in these practices.

On the other hand the Manch’s helpline no. is receiving quite a few calls from several parents across the city and complaining about the pamphlet they received which reads ‘On the order of DC, parents will have to pay Rs 1000 for each student as the administration has set the limited seating capacity for every vehicle’.

Ankit Anand of Bhojpuri Navchetna Manch said, “On Wednesday several van operators were seen distributing posters and pamphlets at several locations of the city and soon we released a helpline no. A parent from Baghbera Alok Tripathy and Adarsh Gupta called for compliant and said that they received a pamphlet”.

When contacted Parent Alok Tripathy said, “My child studies at KPS Burmamines and I pay Rs 350 as auto fare for the auto but on Wednesday I received a pamphlet from auto driver in which it was mentioned that on the order of DC the parents will now have to pay Rs 1000 per student with 12 month fare due to the change in seating capacity and for safety of the child.

This is not acceptable at any cost and how will a lower middle class family manage all its expense if we pay Rs 1000 per month for the school auto fare”. The delegation included Appu Tiwary, Pinki Devi, Lakhi Singh, Jayprakash Rai, Upendra Pandey, Devashish Choudhary, Ranjeet Pandey, Umashankar Singh, Rishabh Singh, Akash Tiwary, Sagar Tiwary, Chintu Singh, Giri along with others were present.

It may be noted that the tussle between van operators and district administration is far from getting over. After the van operators called of their five day strike on Monday, July 6 the district administration held a meeting with the private school management for rolling out city bus service from the school’s end.

School management is not in favour of providing the bus service for students and wants to leave it to the current situation. A week’s time is provided by the administration to the schools to think over the bus service plan and reply it in written.

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