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The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) yesterday urged the government to appoint Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Private Transport Services Ministry Secretary because he would be able to remedy the grievances of private bus operators.

LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeyratne told a news conference that the present Ministry Secretary Victor Samaraweera would be retiring soon and he should be replaced by Mr. Rajapaksa who he said would stop the illegal activities in the bus industry.

He said according to informed sources a proposal was to be submitted to the Cabinet soon to increase bus fares, which he charged was a violation of the National Bus Transport Policy.

 “According to the transport policy, bus fares can only be amended each year in July. However an increase in bus fares is permitted in case the price of diesel goes up by a minimum of 4%,” Mr. Wijeyratne said.

He said private bus operators requested for bus-fare increase in February this year when the price of a litre of diesel rose by Rs.6 but since there had not been an increase in the price of diesel any move to increase bus fares would be illegal and would further burden the people with the increasing cost of living.

Mr. Wijeratne said bus operators were burdened with paying overhead costs such as route permit charges, annual license fees, log sheet fares and insurance payments which were increased recently.

“We are asking the authorities to reduce all overhead charges until July this year and to then increase bus fares,” he said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • John Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:17 AM

    As the ancient saying goes, the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind.......

    Koridtuwakkuarachchi Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:55 AM

    In any case VIPs already control what we see, hear, eat, and how much we have in our pockets.

    Gemini Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:16 PM

    Dear Sir, Please take over them.

    CriticRoshan Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:01 PM

    Do not drag politics here. Give me the cabinet power I too will show you how to bring the wild-herd under my control.

    Sinhaya Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:24 AM

    Honestly it is not only the transport, the whole country should be governed by Gota. He is the only one in the government who will and who can do something right.

    king of wanathey Wednesday, 08 May 2013 04:12 AM

    lol minimum bus fare gonna be 99/- :P

    Perera Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:00 AM

    Gota is the best public servant in the country. via DM Android App

    DJ Hilton Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:50 AM

    Gota can do better than others...

    Prof. Calculas Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:43 AM

    Birds of a feather flock together. They also have similar qualifications. Good match.

    Maha Rajanani Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:41 AM

    We all RESPECT Gota & SURE OF successes what ever he undertakes. GOOD LUCK.

    BUSHEL Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:28 AM

    Can we get him to remedy the grievances of middle class people?

    Perera Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:00 AM

    He will make a good leader someday. Just be a bit more consultative... That's all. via DM Android App

    Victor Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:13 AM

    Why bus drivers & conductors also need military titles???

    RW Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:56 AM

    Majority have kept quiet. Fair enough.

    ANTON Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:53 AM

    IS THAT SO ?

    faleel Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:44 AM

    County going every things gd no no only he doing red street

    Be fair...... Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:44 AM

    Clearly highlight the fact the govt. employees are an useless bunch of Imbeciles who cant do a proper job surviving on our tax money.

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:23 AM

    If he can stop the arbitrary strikes and improve the service then why not??

    vsh Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:16 AM

    at least ministers should learn a bit from Gota, coz we have only one Gota unfortunately :-(

    Saman Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:44 AM

    Gota is a legend!

    P.D.Vidanage Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:25 AM

    true , he can do

    ANTON Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:08 AM

    WHY THEY ALSO WANT A MILITARY TRAINING ?


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