Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday hiked the fare of various types of stage and contract carriers in the state by 8 to 14 per cent.
The cabinet has approved refixing of maximum chargeable fares in case of stage and contract carriers, an official spokesman said, adding that the decision to this effect was taken in a cabinet meeting here with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in chair.
As per the cabinet decision, 14.40 per cent hike has been approved in existing fares of big buses (stage carriage), 13.49 per cent hike in mini buses (stage carriage), 12.13 per cent hike in taxi, maxi cabs (contract carriers) and 8.81 per cent hike in petrol driven auto rickshaws (contract carriage).
The cabinet has directed the State Transport Authority to accordingly issue detailed notification specifying revised route-wise fares.
In another decision, the state cabinet today decided dispensing with cheque system of payments in five government departments and switching over to civil accounting system in the state.
The departments chosen for the system are Public Works, PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Power Development and Forest.
The new accounting pattern would come in force from April 1, 2013.