Transporters stage protest, to observe total strike today

Transporters staging protest at Ware House in Jammu on Tuesday. —Excelsior/ Rakesh
Transporters staging protest at Ware House in Jammu on Tuesday. —Excelsior/ Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 29: The transporters held strong protest at Ware House here today against the policies of the UT Government and alleged that they were being harassed by the LG’s Administration.
The transporters and operators who have declared total `Chakka Jam’ strike on Wednesday (Mar 30) in J&K, assembled in large number at Ware House today and started protest demonstration. They were shouting slogans against the UT Administration and also in support of their demands.
They alleged that new orders are being issued by the J&K Transport Department every now and then just to harass and victimize the transporters. No relief in Passenger Tax/ Token tax was provided for the period of Covid lockdowns. Due to non-operation of the vehicles for months together the transport Industry suffered huge losses.
Instead of compensating the transporters, facing serious crisis, the J&K UT Administration is hell bent to harass them. They alleged that Government was virtually licking the blood of the transporters and operators. Heavy taxes are being imposed, Insurance premium rates have gone sky high and the number of Toll Plazas have increased. The Government has again declared to increase rates at Toll Plazas. They are unable to pay the bank installments.
Under such circumstances, the transporters are left with the only option to stop the operations of the vehicles. Due to indifferent attitude of UT Administration, they have now decided to observe complete strike on March 30, and if the Govt maintained rigid attitude, they will declare indefinite strike, they claimed.
Transporters took out protest march towards Bikram Chowk but police contingent did not allow them to move ahead. They dispersed after burning tyres. The traffic movement was also disrupted for some time in the area.