Truckers end week-long strike


New Delhi: The All India Motor Transport Congress on Friday called off the week-long strike after the government agreed to consider their demands.

The truck operators had launched the strike on July 20 demanding reduction in taxes on fuel, roll back of higher insurance premiums and cut highway tolls.

Following the end of the strike, the businessmen across the country heaved a sigh of relief as the transport of essential commodities was severely affected because of the strike. It also led to rise in the vegetable prices.

The truck drivers’ union said it had the support of hundreds of thousands of members in the campaign which has seen vehicles stranded at borders and fears that food prices could rise because of shortages.

Announcing the withdrawal of the strike, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government had agreed to consider their demands.

“The government is sensitive to the demands of the transporters. We have accepted many of their demands. We have formed a high-level committee to consider the last remaining one,” he tweeted in Hindi on Friday evening.

Many Indian industrial giants and suppliers of essential food commodities were suffering growing disruption because of the strike that affected south and western India the most.

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