Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bangalore garment workers pay 20% of salary for commuting costs

Affordable transport should be a fundamental right, says forum: News Desk - Citizen Matters, Bangalore News: "If a garment worker or a pourakarmika, who earns Rs. 5,000 a month, buys a monthly pass for Rs. 725 (Rs. 925 for red board buses), she shells out 15-20% of her income just for commuting, which increases if more people in the family use the bus. Many people are now cutting their health and education expenses to be able to commute in the city. In fact, from February 2nd, fares for non air-conditioned buses have been hiked by Re. 1 for the 2nd Stage, citing rising diesel prices."

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