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Drivers and other staff of private buses across the state took to streets demanding compensation for the losses incurred due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Bhubaneswar:1/6/20: Drivers and other staff of private buses across the state today took to streets demanding compensation for the losses incurred due to COVID-19 lockdown. They also demanded insurance coverage of Rs 50 lakh.

Thousands of bus drivers,  conductors and helpers under the banner of Odisha Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Association staged demonstrations across the state affecting vehicular movements. In Bhubaneswar, Congress leader Suresh Kumar Routray joined the protest and sat on dharna at Baramunda Bus Stand to support them.

When asked Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera said demands of the association are valid. “There should be insurance for bus drivers and other staff. They have submitted their memorandum and we have not rejected it. It is under consideration of  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. A decision in this regard will be taken keeping in view the current financial situation of the state.”

“All of us have been affected by the lockdown. There is salary cut everywhere.  The state’s revenue collection has also decreased. Bus owners were earlier convinced by the Transport Department for restoration of normalcy,” said the Minister.

Worth mentioning, private buses started plying on roads from May 28, after a gap of almost two months following announcement of COVID-19 lockdown, after the Government assured bus owners to fulfill their various demands, including tax exemption.

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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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