Odisha Truckers join nationwide ‘Chakka jam’ strike

KalingaTV News Network

Bhubaneswar : Over two lakhs truckers in Odisha on Friday stayed off the roads across the State, joining indefinite nationwide ‘Chakka jam’ strike called by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to press their six point charter of demands including reduction in fuel price.

Besides reduction in diesel prices, Truck owners’ other demands are inclusion of petrol and diesel under GST ambit, closure of toll plazas across the national highways, reduction of insurance premium, collection of TDS and streamlining of port congestion etc.

Odisha Truck Owners Association General Secretary Rabinarayan Satapathy said that they had extended full support to the ‘Chakka Jam’ despite bearing heavy loss in their transport business.

The supply of essential commodities including medicines and milk to the State will not be affected due to the nationwide strike, added Satapathy.

However, the strike is likely to have impact on import-export trade, port operations, transportation of manufacturing and industrial goods and commodities in and outside the State.

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