Truckers strike disrupts supplies across India, says AIMTC

New Delhi, Oct 9: The first day of the truckers strike has hit supplies pan India and caused a loss of R2,000 crore to the sector, All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) said on Monday.
Truck operators across the country are on a 2-day token strike against the GST, high diesel prices, harassment by authorities on roads and toll policies. It has been called by AIMTC.
“Our two-day ‘chakka jam’ (strike) which began this morning has hit supplies across the country though we have exempted essential goods. We estimate around Rs2,000 crore losses to the road transport sector on day one,” said Bal Malkit Singh, chairman of the core committee of the transporters body.
Transporters across the country are up in arms against these issue and would chalk out strategies post Diwali to intensify the agitation if the government fails to address the grievances, he said, adding that 12 crore people are associated with the transport sector.
Trucks were seen off the roads in many parts of the country including the national capital. In Mumbai, truck-operators would be staging a sit-in at Mankhurd check-post, he said.
AIMTC, with over 93 lakh truck operators under its ambit claimed support from several transporter bodies. “The two day token strike called by AIMTC and supported by all its constituent members was successful on day one with about 70 to 80% of business shut down across the country. We expect similar momentum on the day two,” Singh said.