Truckers’ strike across country from tomorrow

In response to the call for a nation-wide strike on July 20 by the All-India Motor Transport Congress seeking solution to the long-standing problems plaguing the functioning of the transport sector, members of the Krishna District Lorry Owners Association have declared that they will keep their vehicles off the road on that day.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, association president Koneru Venkata Ramarao, general secretary A. Sadasiva Rao and Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners Association general secretary Y.V. Eeswara Rao said they had served strike notices to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, district Collector B. Lakshmikantham, DGP R.P. Thakur and Deputy Transport Commissioner Meera Prasad.

They said keeping in mind the heavy inconvenience the indefinite strike would cause to the common man, the State and Central governments should invite the truckers’ representatives to talks and address the issues confronting them.

Their main demands include rollback of the hike in diesel price and implementation of a uniform price policy nationwide, introduce a less complicated policy for paying toll charges, changes in the third party insurance policy, issue of national permits to buses and tourist vehicles just like it is done for lorries, exempt the ‘double driver’ rule to lorries that have national permit, immediate rollback of the Rs. 4 hike in tax on diesel and permission for counter-signature permits between the Telugu-speaking States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

‘Stock up commodities’

In view of the strike call, president of the AP Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (APFCCI) V. Bhaskar Rao, meanwhile, asked local traders to stock up essential commodities such as food grains, pulses, edible oil and medicines.

In a statement, the district Collectorreviewed the situation and had asked the APFCCI to convey to the traders that they would be allowed to bring in stocks sufficient for one week in view of the proposed strike.

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