Chamber seeks fair deal for truckers

Staff Reporter

Chamber president addresses letter to Chief Minister

Fuel price hike and absence of single national permit flayed

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday demanded that the Government initiate immediate steps to look into the long-pending woes of the transport sector, especially lorry owners.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, president of the Chamber Muthavarapu Murali Krishna said the transport sector was already reeling under the recession impact. In addition to the hike in fuel prices, hike in VAT, chalan fee, professional tax and non-implementation of a single national permit had pushed lorry owners into serious economic crisis.

He pointed out that umpteen rounds of talks between truckers and the Government representatives had failed to fructify and instead, the State had been adding new burdens to the fraternity.

Financial crisis

He said it was essential to prevent the proposed indefinite strike by truckers from the midnight of April 5 keeping in view the interests of the common man.

People of the State had been facing rough weather for the past few months. The trouble that broke out on account of the demand for a Separate Telangana State, the financial crisis the trade and commercial sectors have been facing due to frequent interruptions in power supply and the all-pervasive issue of the soaring prices of essential commodities had only added to the misery of the common man.

Mr. Murali Krishna warned that any neglect of the fair demands of the lorry owners would mean inviting more trouble in the form of the strike that was bound to result in further problems for people across the State.