Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader have said that a logical decision will be taken soon regarding half fare for students in public transport.
He was speaking at the bi-annual general meeting and council session of the Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association at the seminar hall of the Engineering Institute in the capital on Thursday (November 25).
The program started at 10 am with a recitation of the Holy Quran, national anthem, and mourning message. Later the departmental representatives of the organization spoke one by one.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader attended the meeting at noon. Speaking as the chief guest, he demanded a half fare for the students and said that a logical decision would be taken in this regard.
The minister said a meeting would be held today (Thursday) at the head office of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA). It will be attended by senior government officials. Hopefully, a logical decision will come from the meeting. Besides, I hope the concerned BRTA officials will sit down with the bus owners on Saturday and take a logical decision in this regard.
“We are thinking of introducing half fare for students on BRTC buses,” he said. I would like to seek the cooperation of those concerned for introducing half fare for students not only in government buses but also in private buses.
Representatives of 130 units of the organization took part in it. The meeting was attended by all the officers of the Executive Council of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association and the councilors including the presidents and general secretaries of all the districts, branches/units across the country.
The meeting is being chaired by the president of the organization Moshiur Rahman Ranga and the secretary-general of the association Khandaker Enayet Ullah.