Monday, 23rd July marks the fourth day of Transport Strike in India. The Truck operators’ nationwide indefinite strike has been called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC). Till Sunday, the body showed no relaxation, however, some reports say the Central government might call transporters for talks today and the transport strike might be called off.
The transport strike has been quite effective across the Country and more than 90 lakh trucks are off the roads since Friday. In Maharashtra alone, around 16 lakh trucks are off the road. This resulted in around Rs 2,000 crore loss in Maharashtra, while more than Rs 10,000 crore loss across the Country.
The AIMTC is demading reduction in central and state taxes by getting diesel under the GST, quarterly review of fuel prices and toll-free India for seamless movement of goods. Apart from these demands, the body is also pitching over the need for transparency and reduction in third-party insurance premium, exemptions and abolition of indirect taxes, national permits for all buses and trucks.
While the trucks carrying essential items have been kept out of the transport strike, the strike has resulted in total suspension of movement from petrochemical units, white goods, FMCG, Steel, Coal, Cement, Granite and other industrial units. The strike has intensified owing to support from local transport bodies.
With the transport strike entering fourth day today, the prices of commodities including vegetables, goods might see a surge. The government needs to act swiftly in this matter to provide respite to truck operators as well as general public.