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karnataka bandh on monday|karnataka bandh september 11|karnataka bandh today live news 2023|Bangalore Bandh September 11 timings:The Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association has called for a bandh in Bengaluru on 11 September, protesting against the government’s failure to meet its 30 demands by 31 August.Autorickshaw, taxi, airport taxi, school van, and other private vehicle associations have pledged support for the bandh. Around 10 lakh vehicles are likely to stay off the roads on 11 September.

Expressing the government’s willingness to hold talks with the federation, Minister for Transport Ramalinga Reddy said all their demands, such as a ban on bike taxis, could not be met since they were under judicial review.He directed the authorities concerned to ensure proper public transport so that the bandh would not inconvenience the common man.The transporters pointed out that the Shakti scheme — providing free travel for women on non-luxury, government-owned buses across the state — resulted in a more than 40 percent decline in their daily revenue.

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The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Association has announced a ‘Bengaluru bandh’ on September 11 where all private commercial vehicles will go off the road. The federation represents 32 transport unions, including autorickshaws, buses and taxis.

According to the Indian Express, the call to strike comes as the transport department failed to meet the federation’s 28 demands by August 31. As many as nine lakh private commercial vehicles, including buses, autorickshaws, taxis, airport cabs and corporate vehicles will not ply on September 11 as part of the federation’s Bengaluru bandh.

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Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy Wednesday said he is open to talks with private transport operators ahead of their scheduled Bengaluru bandh on September 11.The Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association representing 32 bus, taxi, and auto unions had announced a strike after the transport department ‘failed’ to fulfill around 30 demands of the operators by August.

Reddy also stated that some financial relief measures sought by the private operators have to be dealt with by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who also holds the finance portfolio, while certain demands like a ban on Rapido bike taxis and cab aggregating apps are under judicial review. He further said other demands including operational ones will be sorted out in the coming days.

The transport minister also blamed the members of the federation for not showing up at the chief minister’s meeting on August 21.

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The Karnataka State Private Vehicles Owner Association has called for a Bandh in Bengaluru city opposing the Shakti scheme — one of the five pre-election guarantees of the ruling Congress, which provides free travel to women on government buses. The private transport operators say that the scheme eats into their profit.

The federation comprises a total of 32 private transport associations, and most of the private transport services are unlikely to be available during the strike. The Bengaluru Airport Authority has also advised passengers to make necessary arrangements to reach the airport on time in view of bandh.

The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Association has called a bandh today i.e. on 11 September. The Bengaluru Bandh began on Sunday Midnight and will continue till Monday midnight. According to media reports, some private schools in the city have declared a holiday on Monday. The Private vehicle owners called for Bengaluru Bandh in order to oppose the Shakti scheme, which is one of the five guarantees of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah government.

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“Most of the demands of the private operators are old. Only demands like reimbursement of tickets like Shakti scheme for private buses and life tax exemption for vehicles costing between Rs 10-15 lakh are new. The private transport bodies did not show up for the chief minister’s meeting that was scheduled last month. However, we still stand by auto, taxi and bus operators to fulfill their demands. Certain demands are under judicial review and certain demands can be fulfilled after holding discussions with the chief minister. If the unions want, they can still approach and share their grievances. We are open for discussion,” said Reddy.

Nataraj Sharma, president of the Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association, refuted some of the claims made by the minister. He said, “Only associations that were either weak or politically aligned with the Congress were called for the meeting with the chief minister on August 21. Only six from our federation were called. The minister can fulfill most of these demands if he has the will. We also tried reaching out to the minister ahead of the scheduled protest. But the minister did not respond to calls.”

In a press release, Reddy also highlighted the ‘progress of the various demands’ listed by private transport bodies. According to the minister, if the demand of providing Rs 10,000 every month to 3.6 lakh registered auto rickshaw drivers in Bengaluru is accepted, it will cost the exchequer Rs 4,370 crore annually. He also said that discussion with the chief minister is already on for setting up the Unorganized Commercial Drivers and Transport Development Corporation and the Congress had proposed to provide health benefits to transport operators as part of its election manifesto.