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Nationwide Truck Strike in India

July 23, 2018

The following is from the Times of India

Truck operators’ nationwide indefinite strike called by their umbrella body All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) entered its fourth day on Monday. The strike is taking its toll – both on the financial and logistics part.

WHAT DO TRUCKERS WANT?

Transporters complain that they have been reeling under the impact of demonstration, rise in input costs along with fuel prices, high cost of Goods and Services Tax (GST) among other challenges.

They have demanded reduction in diesel prices, quarterly review of fuel prices, a toll-free India for seamless movement of goods, need for transparency and reduction in third-party insurance premium.

Apart from this, they are also pressing for exemptions and abolition of indirect taxes, national permits for all buses and trucks and also doing away with the direct port delivery tendering system.

HOW WIDESPREAD IS THE IMPACT?

About 93 lakh trucks, including 16 lakh in Maharashtra are off the roads for the fourth consecutive day. The country-wide strike has affected supplies of food and other essential items—in Andhra Pradesh while inter-district supplies of pulses, millets and rice have been hit and so have the supply of onions from Maharashtra. Supplies of milk and vegetables could be stalled from Monday.

HOW MUCH IS THE LOSS ON FINANCIAL FRONT?

The nationwide losses due to the strike was pegged at Rs 10,000 crore on Sunday. In Maharashtra alone, the loss is expected to have crossed Rs 2,000 crore.

IS THERE A RESOLUTION IN SIGHT?

The Centre is likely to intervene on Monday and has called transporters for talks in a bid to end the crisis.

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