Millions of truckers from across the country have gone on an indefinite strike from today hence affecting supplies of essential items – vegetables, milk.
The strike has been called by the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) demanding a slew of actions from government, including lowering diesel prices and toll fees.
AIMTC includes over 93 lakh truckers and around 50 lakh buses, tourist taxi and cab operators.
Truckers will stop rolling from 0600 hrs today and pegged the likely daily loss at Rs. 4,000 crore for them.
Truckers key demands include reduction in Central and state taxes by getting diesel under the GST so that price of the deregulated commodity can be reduced, he said.
When contacted, an official close to Union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s office said during the meeting, transporters were told that instant solutions cannot be found to their demands but assured them the government is looking at all the demands sensitively.
“We are very open to look into all their issues and hope that better sense prevails,” the ministry official said.