JKMTCA alleges neglecting transport sector; flays liquor excise duty hike

JAMMU: Gajan Singh Khajuria, President J&K Motor Transport Companies Association (JKMTCA) expressed resentment against the government for allegedly neglecting the transporters in the massive 20 lakh crore package announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a statement issued here on today, Khajuria said that the transport sector has played a vital role in transporting the goods across the country amid COVID-19 crisis. He said that the truckers plying on the highways to carry medicines and essential items during the lockdown do not have usual places to eat and NHAI `should provide them food at its toll plazas. He said truckers facing problems as dhabas and roadside eateries are closed. Despite all odds they are still playing their role during the time of crisis, he added.
Khajuria said that it’s very strange that the Prime Minister has neglected the transport sector by giving nothing to them in the 20 lakh crore package. He suggested to the government to provide relief package and safety gears for truck drivers and helpers since they are also part of essential service providers. He also demanded government to set up a 24X7 helpline number for truck drivers for help in case of any interruption on highways.
Raising serious concern over the hike in retail excise duty on liquor by 50 per cent, Khajuria resented over the move of government during the hour of crisis which he said will crush the common man.
Khajuria appealed to the Lt Governor to immediately revoke the 50 per cent hike on excise duty on retail sale of liquor in J&K, failing which the people will have no other option but to come on roads.