COVID-19: No free travel for women in Haryana roadways buses on Raksha Bandhan

He said instead of using the pandemic as an excuse, the government should run more buses to ensure social distancing. "The free (travel) service has been discontinued (for women) on Monday this time in view of the COVID-19 situation as a limited number of people are allowed to travel in a bus," Haryana Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma said.

PTI | Chandigarh | Updated: 02-08-2020 21:30 IST | Created: 02-08-2020 21:30 IST
COVID-19: No free travel for women in Haryana roadways buses on Raksha Bandhan

The Haryana government on Sunday said there will be no free travel facility for women in state roadways buses on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government's decision, which came on the eve of Raksha Bandhan, drew criticism from senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He said instead of using the pandemic as an excuse, the government should run more buses to ensure social distancing.

"The free (travel) service has been discontinued (for women) on Monday this time in view of the COVID-19 situation as a limited number of people are allowed to travel in a bus," Haryana Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma said. "In a 52-seater bus, only 30 passengers are allowed to travel," he said.

Sharma also appealed to people to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and sanitise their hands before boarding the buses. Hitting out at the government over the decision, Hooda alleged it will put undue burden on a large number of families facing financial distress due to months of lockdown and an economic slowdown in the country.

"This will be the first time in 14 years that the government will collect fare from women on Raksha Bandhan. Our government started this free bus service giving women of the state a gift on Raksha Bandhan," the former Haryana chief minister said. He said the government should reconsider its decision.

Hooda said the government should not give the excuse of COVID-19 to discontinue the free travel service on Raksha Bandhan and instead run more buses to avoid crowding and ensure social distancing and safety of women who will visit their brothers..

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Blockchain in Healthcare: Opportunities and challenges

The use of blockchain in healthcare is a relatively new innovation with many of its uses still being explored and related technologies being developed, improved, and scaled. ...

Debate surrounding vaccine passports and development misses bigger picture

... ...

Blockchain vs IOTA: Looking for a better alternative

... ...

For stability, Iraq needs to crack down on corruption

... ...

Videos

Latest News

U.S. Senate Democrats set to advance partisan election law changes

Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday pushed forward sweeping legislation on political campaigns and elections they argued would expand access to voting, even as Republican-controlled states rushed to impose new restrictions. After a long...

Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll breaches 19,000-mark

Pakistan on Tuesday crossed another grim milestone as the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country exceeded 19,000. Citing the data provided by the National Command and Operation Centre NCOC, The News International reported that 3,084 peopl...

India’s decision allowing 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one: US

Indias recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equ...

UK unveils law to fine social media firms which fail to remove online abuse

Britain said on Wednesday a planned new law would see social media companies fined up to 10 of turnover or 18 million pounds 25 million if they failed to stamp out online abuses such as racist hate crimes, while senior managers could also f...

Give Feedback