23 February 2023
The Punjab Motor Union(PMU) has postponed its agitation planned at the site of Invest Punjab Summit, in Mohali in light of the meeting of members of PMU with Ministers’ of Finance and Transport, Punjab which has been fixed for Mar 2. The PMU had threatened to hold a peaceful protest at the site for redressal of their difficulties and demands, after which the Punjab government scheduled the meeting. It is to be noted that PMU has urged the CM to bail out the private bus operators from the economic crisis they are facing. The losses are the result of women’s free travel, tax burden per km and nil or negligible bus fare hike over the past few years. The private bus operators are reeling under huge losses, which in turn is threatening the livelihood of around 1.25 lakh families, dependent on the industry.
These details were shared by PMU in a statement issued at Chandigarh. The PMU’s statement said further that the next course of action will be taken after the Union’s core team meets both the Finance and Transport Ministers’ of Punjab,
“PMU has withdrawn its decision of staging a protest at the site of Invest Punjab, being held on Feb 23-24. We are not against the state government, we only want that CM Bhagwant Mann should monitor everything personally and that our issues should be brought to his notice for resolution. We want an assurance from the CM that something tangible will result in the meeting on Mar 2, as we have already met both the Transport and Finance Minister multiple times and the issues still remain unresolved, ” said PMU Secretary R S Bajwa.
“We had requested for a meeting with the CM but the same has been scheduled with the Finance and Transport Ministers. We will attend the meeting however if the matter is not resolved on March 2, the PMU will move on with its decision of agitation,” Bajwa said further.