Ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget, the Mumbai Dabbawala Association on Friday said the Centre should ensure that there is no increase in the railway’s luggage pass fares so that the tiffin box carriers are not burdened financially. Also Read - Union Budget 2020: Government Tables Economic Survey, Pegs Growth Rate at 6-6.5% For FY 2020-21
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President of the association, Subhash Talekar, also called for more number of escalators on platforms at railway stations in the city. Also Read - Union Budget 2020: Increase Import Duty on Medical Devices in Graded Manner, Says Engineering Export Promotion Council
“The dabbawalas do their work not as a profession, but as a service, which is why their charges are reasonable. Hence, there should be no hike in the railways’ luggage pass fares,” Talekar said in a statement.
He also called for taking action against commuters who travel in luggage compartments during the time slots reserved for the dabbawalas.
Talekar pointed out that there is a shortage of urinals at the railway stations in the metropolis and asked the government to ensure that more such facilities are built at the spots convenient for passengers.