Countrywide Transporters have started an indefinite strike from today 18th June. During this strike, transporters will continue to supply food and other essential items, but the commercial and industrial goods will not be delivered. The strike has been called under the leadership of the All India Confederation of Goods Operators Association (AICOGOA). However, other organizations such as the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) had proposed to start the strike from next month instead of today. AICOGOA President B Chenna Reddy says that the strike was announced in April 2018 due to the increase in diesel prices, increase in third-party premium and problems related to GST. Before that, several meetings with the government had failed and no positive outcome has come out.
All India Foundation of Transport Research and Training has said in a report that the strike will majorly affect the Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Delhi NCR. According to the foundation coordinator SP Singh, due to the necessity of being out of the strike, it will affect commercial and industrial supply. However, if strikes last long, then consumers could face some problems related to the special category of luggage.
Transporters alleged that the government is charging them Rs 8 per liter as road tax from diesel and Rs 8 per kilometer as toll tax. Due to this, transport and related industries are losing a daily loss of around Rs 3,000 crore. Significantly, transporters across the country are considered to have a greater hold of AIADMTC and have announced strike from July 20. There has been a conflict between the transporters and the government since the GST was implemented, but due to lack of the unity, there is not seeing too much pressure over the government.
Organization’s secretary Kausar Hussain said that the loading of the goods was closed on Saturday (June 16th) and in such a situation the impact on the transportation strike would be seen in two-three days.