Truckers indefinite strike from today, as talks fail

January 5th, 2009 - 12:34 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 5(ANI): Transporters went on an indefinite strike from Monday, as talks with the government remained inconclusive over reduction of diesel and tyre prices.

“We have gone on a strike from midnight. We will continue our strike until our demands are met by the government,” said All India Motor Transport Congress President Charan Singh Lohra.

Demands of over two lakh transporters, who went on an indefinite nationwide strike, include lowering of diesel prices by Rs 10 per litre, the withdrawal of service tax on truckers, a moratorium on all installments and waiver of interest on truck finance for at least six months.

The other demands are providing for a free movement of trucks in the country without any national or state permit and setting minimum freight in view of high input costs.

On Sunday, Lohra met Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Brahm Dutt but failed to come to any conclusion.

Earlier, the transporters threatened to go on strike from December 20, 2008, but they deferred it till January 5 because of the special situation caused by the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November. (ANI)

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