“The strike that will begin on April 1, 2013, is the first indefinite strike of the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) after more than two years. Truckers across the country did not go on an indefinite strike even when the situation was worsening over the last few months, keeping in mind the welfare of the common man,” vice-president of the AIMTC N.P. Velu told The Hindu here on Thursday.

According to him more than 12 crore people in the country are directly and indirectly dependent on freight transport industry for a living. “Frequent increase in diesel price after decontrol of diesel price fixation, escalating toll fees and Third Party Insurance (TPI) has affected these people.

The strike is to get the attention of the Union government to ensure that the livelihood of 10 per cent of the country’s population is not affected,” he added.