Truckers strike: Oil price hikeJuly 2nd, 2008 - 2:56 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 (New Delhi)
Truckers and transporters across the country are on an indefinite strike from Wednesday to declare their demand to the government for abolishment of toll tax and rationalization of duty of diesel.
”We will go on an indefinite strike from Wednesday. All the transporters will down their shutters and there will be no movement of goods on the roads till our demands are met by the government,” All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) President Charan Singh Lohara told reporters. He further said all they want isthe advalorem duty on diesel to be replaced with fixed rate of duty on per litre of the fuel.
Government is alleged for encashing the international crisis on crude oil prices many-fold and forcing the truckers to buy premium diesel at higher and unregulated prices.
Lohara said that the government is also using the toll taxes on highways as a tool to earn extra revenue by continuing to charge the tax even after the recovery of investment in construction of highways. The government also increased the tax by 50 per cent of in February 2008 instead of removing the tax.
About the service tax relief the government has given to the transporters recently,”The exemption is an eyewash. We are still being sent service tax notice by including us in other categories”. said Lohara.
The transport industry provides employment to two crore people directly and gives bread and butter to another 10 crore people by including their family members.
AIMTC representatives request meet the Finance Minister P Chidambaram in due course to discuss their demand and strick will be withdrawn once the their demands are met.