Saturday, January 27, 2007

Consumer body moves SC over transport accord

Consumers' Rights Forum Friday moved the Supreme Court over the agreement reached between the government and transport entrepreneurs.

The government and the entrepreneurs had inked a 13-point agreement to end the transport strike early this week.

According to the agreement, transport entrepreneurs will have to pay compensation of only Rs 75,000 to the victims of vehicle accidents in place of the existing Rs 300,000. Besides, the government had agreed to the entrepreneurs' demand to waive 75 per cent of tax. The writ petition argues that the agreement violates the government's past decision on banning 20-year old vehicles from plying in the Valley.

The Forum stated that these points in the agreement have violated consumer rights and urged the apex court to intervene.

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