Pan India truck strike from 1st October
Top transporters body AIMTC today threatened to go an indefinite nationwide strike from October 1, alleging that the government has failed to address their issues, including removal of toll.
All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) claims to represent 93 lakh truckers and 50 lakh buses and tourist operators across the country.
“We are going on an indefinite nationwide strike from October 1 as the Transport Ministry has failed to resolve our issues such as removal of toll by paying periodically as well as the long standing demand of Tax Deduction at Source (TDS),” All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) President Bhim Wadhwa said.
If the truckers go on a nationwide ‘chakkajam’ then the country will incur losses to the tune of Rs. 1,500-1,700 crore per day on account of total halt of essential supplies and other goods, he added.”We had a meeting with road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday who refused to talk on the issues (including removal of toll charge),” Bhim Wadhwa, the president of the apex transporters’ body, told IANS.
He said the transporters body, representing over 80 lakh vehicles across the country, had given a deadline of August 25 to the Centre to address their issues. But the demand appears to have fallen on deaf ears.