Tamil Nadu

Truck operators threaten to intensify agitation

Operators suffer revenue loss to the tune of ₹2,000 crore

With no sign of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways calling for talks to settle the demands, the truck operators have threatened to intensify their agitation.

The all India strike of the truck operators called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) demanding the closing down of all the toll plazas in the country and to press other charter of demands enetered the 5th day on Tuesday.

The strike was also to highlight the demands of reducing fuel price, uniform national pricing with quarterly revision etc.

In the last five days, goods of various nature such as textiles, engineering materials, utensils, sago, rice and turmeric worth ₹ 20,000 crore have piled up in the lorry godowns, booking agents and the producers in the state, said C. Dhanaraj, secretary of the State Lorry Owners Federation-Tamil Nadu, which is spearheading the strike in the state.

The truck operators have so far suffered a revenue loss to the tune of ₹ 2,000 crore due to the non-operation of the vehicles. The government too has been suffering huge revenue loss.

The continuation of the strike will hit the general public badly across the state, Mr. Dhanaraj said and called upon the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry to make invite the representatives of the AIMTC for negotiations. “We have placed only just demands and the Centre can solve them without any difficulty”, Mr. Dhanaraj said.

Meanwhile, the strike of the truck operators has hit a large workforce in Salem and Namakkal districts. About two lakh drivers, cleaners and loadmen have been rendered jobless in Salem district alone and this has affected their livelihood to a big extent.

In the absence of arrival of vegetables and fruits from the neighbouring states, the price of some of the vegetables has gone up. The secretary of the Leigh Bazar Traders Association Chandrasekar said that the stock of essential commodities in the godowns of wholesale traders is fast running out. The continuation of the strike will lead to acute scarcity and in turn hike in their prices.

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