Left parties support free metro, bus ride in Delhi

Left parties support free metro, bus ride in Delhi

New Delhi, While welcoming the Delhi government's proposal to provide free travel for women in the metro and state run buses, the Left parties on Tuesday demanded to extend the scheme for male workers in the unorganised sector and senior citizens. "This (proposal) will especially provide welcome relief to lakhs of women working in the unorganised sector who are deprived of even minimum wages", said CPI(M) Delhi state Committee in a statement. The party also said that "the State Government should extend benefits of the above scheme to male workers in the unorganised sector as well as to senior citizens. Similarly school and college students should be exempt from paying any fare in both the metro and buses".

In a separate statement, the CPI said that the proposal will help working women and girl students in particular. "We further appeal to Delhi government to consider giving free education or scholarships to girl students till PhD level. This will help in bridging the gender gap by opening up better opportunities for women in employment and encourage families to allow girls to pursue higher education", CPI said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that in all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains, women commuters will be allowed to travel free of cost so that they can have a safe travel experience and access to modes of transport which were not affordable earlier due to high prices.

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