Ladakh admn harassing Jammu based tanker drivers: Union

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 22: Jammu and Kashmir Oil & LPG Tank Truck Drivers and Cleaners Union today said that Jammu based tankers drivers carrying petroleum products including petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel supplies to Ladakh are being harassed by Ladakh authorities.
In an appeal to the Union Government and Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, the Union said that on the name of COVID protocols the poor Jammu based drivers and cleaners carrying essential supplies in their vehicles are being harassed by the civil administration instead of providing them free passage.
Ranjit Singh Raina, president of the Union alleged that despite repeated telephonic prayers to the civil administration of Ladakh regarding harassment of Jammu based tankers drivers no positive action has been taken by them and the drivers are being forcefully put to quarantine where they are not provided even basic facilities.
Giving further details, Union spokesperson Harasis Singh submitted that everyday their union receives 5 to 10 telephone calls from drivers and cleaners regarding misbehave, humiliation and harassment by civil administration of Ladakh and presently over 3 dozen Jammu based fuel tank drivers have been forcefully kept in isolation in Ladakh.
The Spokesperson further added that in case their genuine demands are not considered then their union may be compelled to take some tough decisions regarding continuation of fuel supplies to Ladakh region.