“We do not have any problem in giving concessions to students. But when they sit in the seats, it becomes difficult for the other passengers,” says Nandan (name changed), a private bus employee. Many other bus employees share Nandan’s opinion.
In fact, this has been the situation for so many years now. No one is sure when exactly this ‘custom’ started. Students who travel with concession have to undergo various obstacles before reaching their destination.
The concession allotted to the students by the government is not a favour bestowed upon them by the bus operators. It is the right of every student to avail concession. A student who has been given concession has to be treated the same way as any other passenger. Sadly, in Kerala this is not the situation. Here, the passenger who has bought a ticket is given more importance than a student who has availed concession.