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Transporters increase fare after CNG price hike.

MANSEHRA -- Transporters have increased fare in line with the recent hike in compressed natural gas price.

The federal government recently increased gas price by Rs22 per kg prompting transporters to demand withdrawal of the move. As the filling station later increased CNG price from Rs96.90 per kg Rs118.90 per kg, the transporters increased fare on their own. There followed frequent heated exchanges between them and commuters.

'Being a government employee, I regularly travel between Abbottabad and Mansehra in public transport. The higher fare has put an extra burden on my pocket,' Mohammad Ali said.

He said the people were disappointed by the present government, which had increased prices of daily use items.

'We are being paid the same old salary but the prices of eatables and other goods have registered 30 per cent increase in recent times,' he said.

Sheikh Ghafoor, an employee at a local CNG station, said the filling station owners had demanded of the government to withdraw the recent gas price hike.

'Our sales have plunged due to higher CNG price as transporters and drivers prefer to use petrol, which is more cost effective than CNG,' he said.

Commuter Mohammad Ajmal said the government falsely claimed that all burden of price hike had been put on wealthy people as the people had become the major sufferer higher gas tariff.

'Prime Minister Imran Khan should step in for the relief of the inflation-hit common man,' he said.

CORRUPTION ALLEGED: The All Teachers Association, Mansehra chapter, has alleged that the officials at the district account office and district education office were involved in corruption.

'Officials at the district account office and district education office don't resolve the visitors' problems without getting bribe and even the teachers have to grease their palms to get documentation done,' president of ATA Maulana Abdul Salam told the association's executive council here on Monday.

The council members from across the district attended the meetingand denounced 'corruption' at DAO and DEO offices. They demanded the anti-corruption establishment initiate inquiry against black sheep in those departments.

Mr Salam said the teachers' promotion cases were not cleared by the relevant officials until they're bribed.

'If these corrupt practices don't end, we will be left with no option but to come onto the streets to claim rights,' he warned.

The council decided that its members won't attend workshops or refresher courses for which teachers were not paid transport allowance.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 9, 2018
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