Over 75 lakhs trucks will go off the road from April 5 with the apex truckers' body, All India Motor Transport Congress, today calling for an indefinite strike demanding a roll-back of the fuel price hike announced in the Budget, among others.
"We have submitted four major demands to the government and will wait till the midnight of April 5, 2010. And if the demands are not met by this time, we will pull-out all our trucks from the road," All India Motor Transport Congress president G R Shanmugappa said.
He said AIMTC has demanded a roll-back of the hike in fuel prices, especially that of diesel, which rose by over Rs 2.5 a litre consequent to a duty hike on fuels.
"The hike is abnormal, unbearable and intolerable, which will further deteriorate the already dwindling condition of truckers," he said.
AMITC is also demanding the implementation of the agreement on national permit that will require truckers to pay only a one-time fee of Rs 15,000 for a year, against the current norm of paying each states a fee of Rs 5,000 as promised by the government during the last year's strike.
The Centre had signed an agreement with AIMTC on February 23, 2009 for implementing the new national permit scheme before January 1, 2010 but despite of the minister's assurance, the government has not notified it.
AIMTC claimed that if its demands are not met, over 75 lakh truckers will be taken off the road and the strike would also have the support from other segments such as tempos and other small goods carrying vehicle owners.
AIMTC also asked the government to notify and implement the same before March 31, 2010.
"Besides, this we are also demanding reduction in toll rates across the country and the government should also remove anti-dumping duty imposed on the import of tyres," Shanmugappa said.