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Strike continues, transportation of finished industrial goods hits

Jamshedpur. July 21 : Traffic movement in parts of city remained thin today as most of the heavy vehicles remained off the road on the second day of indefinite strike call given by All India Transport Congress (AITC) in support of its the six-point charter of demand.

The strike is also supported by Jamshedpur Transport Welfare Association (JTWA). As a result of the indefinite strike transportation of finished industrial goods from Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tinplate, TRF and Adityapur industrial area was affected. Large number of trailers and trucks loaded with finished materials were seen stationary at the Transport Nagar as the members of JTWA did not allow these vehicles to go out.

JTWA president NK Singh said that the government has never been concern about the problems of the transporters and all the time the transporters community has been bearing the brunt of the various reforms being made by the government.
The JTWA president said the impact of the transporters’ strike will not be felt immediately, but they are hopeful that in the next two days the effect of the strike will reflect its impact.
During the protest, a sizeable number of vehicles remain stuck up in the Transport Nagar where as majority of the trucks and trailers remained stranded along the NH-33.
A functionary of JTTA said that in the ongoing strike they are also demanding the Union government for reducing the prices of diesel.
Notably, no truck and trailer was allowed to carry goods during the two days. The trucks and trailers laden with materials were intercepted near Dimna Road and were made to get parked either inside the Transport Nagar or outside along the NH-33.
The major demands of the transport union include redressal of e-Way bill, reduction in diesel prices by reducing central and state taxes by bringing it under GST, national uniform pricing, quarterly revision of fuel prices, a toll barrier-free India for the seamless movement of vehicles, reduction of third party insurance premium, a national permit for tourist cars and buss, and amendment of Regulation 44A of Road Transport (General) Act, 1999. The e-Way bill was rolled in April 1 for the inter-state movement of goods.

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