The benefits extended by the KSRTC to physically-challenged persons are being gradually cut by subsequent governments, since the free bus pass was issued for the first time in the year 2004. When it was introduced, it was free for travelling across Karnataka. Now, it was limited up to a distance of 100 km from the place of residence of the beneficiary.
The annual fee of the pass, which was Rs 250, has been hiked up to Rs 780. The hike in the price of the pass — at a time when the price of diesel has reduced drastically — was unjustified, they complained.
Source: Deccan Herald, 23rd Jan 2015