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Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association refused to run buses from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar:24/5/20: While the Odisha government allowed intra-state bus movement from May 25, the State Private Bus Owners’ Association refused to run buses from tomorrow. In his reaction the bus owners’ association President Lokanath Pani today said the privates buses will be run only after a discussion with Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera.

“The minister must hold talks with the State bus owners’ association about operating buses. We will then discuss the same with local bus owners’ associations. Today the State government has issued an advisory only about bus services. However, the government has not discussed anything with us,” added Pani.

Another office bearer of the bus owners’ association said if buses are operated from tomorrow, bus owners will be forced to pay taxes for the month of May which will be a loss to them.

Worth mentioning, intra-state bus services in Odisha were suspended due to a nationwide lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak since the last week of March.

While allowing bus services from tomorrow, the government said buses will have to carry passengers up to the sitting capacity of the vehicle.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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