Govt hikes passenger fare in Jammu & Kashmir

Subsidized sugar to be provided for 74.13 lakh souls

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Srinagar: The state government today announced hike in passenger fare in Jammu & Kashmir for different means of transport services.

Addressing a press conference, Minister Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Choudhary Zulfikar Ali said that the cabinet which met today under the chairpersonship of Mehbooba Mufti decided to hike the passenger fare after considering the hike in prices of fuel.

“The fare for big busses has been hiked by 13.7 5, medium and mini-busses 13.7 %, cabs and taxis 8.25 %, autos 2.85 %, and others 13.7 %,” Ali said, as per our correspondent.

The minister said that the decision was taken after frequent appeals and meetings by transporters with the chief minister.

The minister also said that the government will provide subsidized sugar to 74.13 lakh souls of priority population including BPL and other categories, in the state with effect from April 1, 2017.

“The burden of the subsidy, which is Rs 22/kg, will be borne out by the state exchequer,” he said.

The minister said that the decision was taken after the Govenrment of India curtailed the subsidy on sugar for all the states. (KNS)

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