February 11, 2021

Red bus allegedly exploiting passengers in Meghalaya

Raising concerns about the plight of people in Meghalaya, the Civil Society Women's Organization (CSWO) President Agnes Kharshiing alleged that Red bus, funded through Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Asian Development Bank (ADB), are now exploiting the passengers in the state.

The organization had also pinpointed the fact that it is the duty Government of Meghalaya to provide transport to the citizens of the state and ensure their safety.

“We were informed that now Red bus, funded through JNNURM, ADB, are now exploiting the people. Today ML O1 7392- a red bus charged 20/- per passenger from Madanryting to Laitumkhrah. The Bus was full yet people had to pay 20/- per passenger and provided no receipts even when the public asks.  Govt has to streamline the transport so that the public is not on the receiving end. Transporters who signed an agreement with Govt, should not exploit the citizens and Govt has to ensure that people are not to suffer,” said Agnes Kharshiing in a press statement.

She further claimed that three days back, they were informed that a patient who was suffering and looking for medicine in Pynursla was stopped and checked by some who are not allowing them to travel in a private vehicle.

“This is a clear violation of the fundamental right of a person and govt cannot promote such actions of criminal violence provoking threats and should ensure safety and security for the people of the State,” Agnes added.

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