Truckers’ strike likely to dampen festive mood

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Oct 2017 09:38:35


Business Bureau,

The truckers’ 36-hours long nation-wide strike that began on Monday appears to have been spoiling festive mood of common man besides giving tough time to thousands of labourers, truck drivers and transporters. With more than 10,000 heavy vehicles parked at various entry points of the city, supply of goods is likely to hit ahead of Diwali festival. Barely couple of weeks after the markets started witnessing increased footfalls after a lull, it is the truckers strike that seems to spoil the game for buyers and traders.

Interestingly, supply of goods including that of essential commodities may go haywire in coming days as truckers are planning to carry forward the agitation beyond 36-hours if their demands are not met. Serpentine queues of trucks loaded with different goods and commodities were seen parked at Wadi, Wardha Road and Pardi among other places at a point in time which is hitherto considered as a peak season.

“Around this time movement of goods and commodities is too high. Before every Diwali, truckers enjoy heavy demand and all those engaged in the sector make money. But in the current scenario, conditions are very unfavourable that have forced us to resort to agitation,” said Kuku Marwaha, President of Nagpur Truckers’ Unity while talking to The Hitavada.

“We are not going to withdraw the agitation till Government fulfills our demand. S K Mittal, President of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) told me on Monday that there is a possibility that the strike would continue even after Wednesday. The strike may affect the markets all over the country but we have left with no option. We have to resort to agitation,” Marwaha said. The truckers under the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) are observing the strike in protest of allegedly complex norms of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

According to All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), an apex body of transporters the truckers are facing hardship because of the new tax regime wherein truckers have been forced to comply GST norms that hardly match the nature of the transport businesses.

Apart from this, truckers are also raising voice against the newly launched dynamic pricing for petrol and diesel and demanding the Government to roll back the system. They are demanding the Government to bring diesel under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax besides asking the policy makers to slash heavy tax imposed on sale and purchase of used vehicles.