BNP MP Rumin Farhana has demanded that a law be passed in the parliament to introduce half fare for students in all public transport. He made the demand while participating in the discussion on ‘Highway Bill 2021’ in the National Assembly on Saturday.
Meanwhile, during the discussion of the bill, various issues including the death of two people in the garbage truck of two city corporations of Dhaka, half fare in the bus, movement of students demanding safe roads came up in the National Assembly. Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said in the face of anger and criticism from the members, “Some things have to be adjusted while sitting in the chair.
Rumin Farhana said the government says it does not have the power to set fares for private public transport. The word is not correct or true. Because, if the government makes any law for business, the businessmen have to do business by obeying it. The government may legislate for half-fare for students in state-owned and private transport. In that case everyone has to accept that. Legal provision should be made for all public transport, not just city buses, to pay half fare to the students immediately.
Rumin said the owner had recently stopped half-fare after raising bus fares. Due to this the students have started on their way. But the activists of Chhatra League and Juba League have jumped on them. When the movement took place three years ago, they tried to hide their appearance after wearing helmets. This time he was not wearing a helmet when he jumped.
Rumin pointed out that two people, including a student, were killed when a garbage truck of the city corporation hit them. Then the government enacted the Transport Act. But the punishment is being reduced by correcting the pressure of the transport owners and workers. Four important sections have been suspended, no case has been filed in these sections. It’s just cheating with students.
Criticizing the extra cost of building highways, Rumin Farhana said that not only India or China, the country of the pass, but also many countries in Europe and America spend more on road construction. That is why the highways of this country do not seem to be the highways of the world, they may be alien. Tk 200 crore has been spent per kilometer of Dhaka-Bhanga-Mawa highway; Which is unprecedented in the world.
Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque questioned what the government was doing to establish safe roads, saying two people had been killed in two days. How mad is the driver of the city corporation, he drives a car with another person with 10 thousand rupees. He demanded emphasis on establishing road safety. At that time Mujibul Haque showed his party MP Mashiur Rahman sitting next to him and said, ‘The president of Road Transport Owners Association is sitting next to me. President of Jatiya Party, General Secretary of Awami League. The president of the workers’ organization is from the Awami League, the secretary is from the Communist Party. What happens when you say something is also scary. ‘
Responding to the statement of the opposition MPs, Obaidul Quader said that half fare has been introduced in BRTC buses on the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in view of the demands of the students. It will be effective from December 1. The Prime Minister has instructed to rent half in BRTC across the country. He said nothing can be forced on private public transport. They are not under the government, they may work with the government.