GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - The Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha has demanded immediate revocation of the State government�s decision to hike fares of private commercial vehicles on the plea of rise in prices of petroleum products.
It has also demanded urgent steps to constitute a committee of three distinguished economists to review the fare issue and to pave the way for formulating a widely acceptable official policy on the same.
The Mahasangha said in a statement here today that the free hand given by the government to the transporters� associations to abnormally hike the fares of commercial vehicles is going to hit the common people hard. This act of the government needs to be reprimanded by the people en masse, it said.
When the Government of India is selling petrol and diesel at cheaper rates to Bangladesh, Bhutan, etc., it is making its own citizens pay more by raising prices of petroleum products. This act of the Central government is highly atrocious, said the Sanmilita Mahasangha.
The State government, instead of bowing to the pressure of the transporters� bodies, should immediately constitute a committee comprising three distinguished economists to review the entire issue, it added.