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The DMK party, which has been in the forefront of protests against the bus fare hike, has suggested an administered pricing mechanism (APM) system to fix fares for buses operated by the eight State Transport Corporations (STC) and also to bring fuel prices under the GST ambit at 10 per cent.
The DMK set up the committee after the government jacked up bus fares to rake in around Rs 3,600 crore.
The report said only when the STCs perform well and earn sufficient surplus the 12 per cent return from TNSCCPA should be given to them.
The report also recommended bringing oil under the GST regime at 10 per cent rate.
Some of the other recommendations are:
-The government should compensate the STCs for its losses due to the government's policies;
-State-owned bus transport service should be considered as public service and subsidies should be allocated in the state budget in a transparent manner;
-The Tamil Nadu government should foot the bill for future hike in salaries and pensions;
-STCs should build bus bodies;
-Fix STC bus timings in such a way that they earn profits;
-Each STC bus has to return to depot for maintenance after 16 hours of operation;
-The Tamil Nadu government should allocate Rs 1,000 crore in its budget every year for purchase of new buses;
-Making insurance for STC buses compulsory and the government should take care of the premium bill;
-Conduct energy audit;
-STCs should increase revenue from other sources;
-Introduce Tatkal scheme in bus seat reservation.
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