Friday, March 08, 2013

Indian malnutrition fund used to fix ... buses!!!

A FUND OF millions of dollars raised to help malnourished children in western India has been diverted to maintain public buses, it has been reported.

The “Child Nutrition Surcharge” was set up 16 years ago to collect a small percentage of each bus ticket fare in major cities in Maharashtra state, where thousands of children die from malnutrition each year.

But public transport officials say that millions raised have yet to be transferred to the state treasury because they allegedly need the funds to maintain buses and keep them on the road, the NDTV news channel reported.

“All the transport undertakings are suffering huge loses. Therefore we cannot give the government the nutrition taxes we collect,” said Ravindra Pardesi, a spokesman for the public transport company in Pune city. Full story...

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