Led by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), truckers have started a 2-day nationwide strike today, protesting against Goods and Services tax (GST), the hike in diesel prices and corruption on roads.
Starting from 8am today, truck owners and operators are fighting against "disruptive policies" under the GST.
Transporters have decided to protest against the callous and indifferent attitude of government officials, GST, diesel price hike and corruption on roads by observing a token ‘chakka jam’ (strike) on October 9 and 10AIMTC president SK Mittal
Truck dealers have expressed displeasure at the "contra laws" in the GST regime that has led to “coercive registration and unnecessary compliance by truckers and transporters”. He added that the sale of used business which attracts GST, leads to double taxation by the government.
AIMTC, the top body of transporters, represents around 93 lakh truckers and around 50 lakhs bus and tourist operators across the country.
Other transporters’ bodies like the All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) said that it will support AIMTC's strike as the government has failed to clarify GST to transporters.
Commodity supply, including food items are likely to be affected by the strike.
Calling it a “suicidal move”, transport dealers said that they are going on strike for two days despite making losses. However, if the government does not listen, dealers said they will go on an indefinite strike.
The protest by truck dealers comes just days ahead of the proposed nationwide strike by petrol pump dealers on October 13, to press for various demands including better margins and inclusion of petroleum products in the Goods and Services Tax.