Truck owners and operators launched an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday against increasing diesel prices and a sharp hike of third-party insurance premium.
“The indefinite strike against the soaring diesel prices and steep rise in the third party insurance premium begun this morning. About 90 lakh trucks are expected to be off the road and as of now, over 60 per cent trucks were not plying on the roads across India,” the All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners’ Associations President Channa Reddy said.
“The government’s argument is that the fuel price increase was due to international prices. However, we think the reason for price increase is not due to international prices but high taxes levied by the governments, Centre and the states,” Reddy said.
Demanding the inclusion of diesel prices or petroleum products in the ambit Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators’ Association Joint Secretary Sajal Ghosh said there has been a good response in the state where about 3.5 lakh trucks would not ply on the roads. Read More