The government has decided to reduce fares of BRTC buses by 50 percent for the students.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader disclosed this during his regular press briefing at his official residence here yesterday.
The decision came in view of the demand made by the students, said the minister.
Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said, “Sheikh Hasina always gives maximum priority to any justified demand. Sheikh Hasina’s government is the government for the people.”
The students can travel by Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) buses paying fifty percent fare and this will come into effect from December 1, the minister said, adding: “The students must have to carry their legal identity cards issued by their respective educational institutions during the travel.”
He said the students will get the concession while traveling between 7 am and 8 pm on the BRTC buses.
But the fare concession will not be applicable during the holidays of the educational institutions, he said. The government will soon issue a gazette notification to this end, he added.
About the private bus minibus, Quader said a meeting will be held at the BRTA with private bus owners, bus workers, and federation leaders to discuss how to give concession to the students when they will travel on private buses or minibusses.
“The private transport owners hopefully will take a positive decision being sensitive to the demand made by the students and considering their own social responsibility,” said the minister.