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All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) has called for a 24-hour- Chakka Bandh in Assam starting from 5 am on Thursday.

“The bandh will end at 5 am on Friday,” said AAMTA state vice president Bhaben Bhattacharyya.

“We have been demanding the Assam Transport Department to increase the fare of the passenger buses. But the department has not paid any heed to our demands,” Bhattacharyya added.

“Moreover, the bus owners and the employees have been facing a lot of issues as the government has not decided to increase the fair eevn after the prices of diesel are increasing on a daily basis,” he added.

“Assam transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in July earlier this year met the AAMTA officials and assured of the fare hike. But so far nothing of that sort has materialised,” he further said.

The last fare hike came way back on October 11, 2012.

AAMTA has been demanding for fare hike since 2016 after the hike in diesel prices and vehicle registration fee.

The organisation has threatened severe protests post-Durga Puja.

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