Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Truckers begin 36-hour strike to protest GST, high fuel prices

Truckers begin 36-hour strike to protest GST, high fuel prices

The strike began 8 am today and will end at 8 pm on October 10.

Truck owners and operators in Odisha have informed that the decision to stay away from the strike was taken as they had not received any communication from All India Motor Transport Congress in this regard. While the 36-hour strike may affect food services, truck owners of the State claimed that it is unlikely to hit services because most of the bookings for transports on Monday and Tuesday have been completed and the trucks have already been out.

"The exorbitant increase in the diesel price and daily fluctuations are affecting the road transport sector". The strike called by the organization representing 93 lakh trucks and 50 lakh buses has affected transportation in the country. "The transporters strike which began at 8 am on October 9, 2017, is a protest against disruptive policies and indifferent attitude of government officials including GST, diesel price hike, and corruption on roads including toll and RTO check posts", said AIMTC president SK Mittal ahead of the strike.

On post-GST confusion, AIMTC stated that the transport sector stands divided due to varied structure of the GST governing different verticals of goods transport.

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"The contra laws in the present GST regime are leading to coercive registration and unnecessary compliances by truckers and transporters". Transporters are also miffed that sale of used assets attract double taxation under the GST and want this provision of the GST to be scrapped.

Among their demands is also bringing down the price of diesel. They added that if their demands are not fulfilled, they are mulling over an indefinite strike.

AITWA president Pradeep Singhal said, "The strike call is given by All India Motor Transport Congress and we are supporting them".

Another issue raised by AIMTC is the rise in diesel prices and the fuel being kept out of the GST. "We also support this", Calcutta Goods Transport Association's President Prabhat Kumar Mittal had said.

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