Nath urges truckers to call off proposed strike

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 31 2010, 04:40am hrs
Road transport and highway minister Kamal Nath on Thursday met representatives of truckers lobby All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to stop truck operators from going on national-wide strike from August 6. Truck operators are demanding lower toll tax and revision in diesel prices.

We are discussing (the issue) with truckers. We had a meeting today also. We hope that they do not take such a step as many people would be affected by their move, Nath told reporters.

AIMTC has sought a high-level probe either by the CBI or a parliamentary panel into the toll collection policy. It has alleged that arbitrary revision in toll rates in 2008 has resulted in truckers paying a hefty toll tax of Rs 5,000 crore a day.

The toll rates were increased to up to Rs 5 a km from Rs 1.40 in 1997. Truckers have gone on strikes in July 2008, January 2009 and July 2009 on issues including toll charges. Another strike was called off earlier this year after Nath assured them that the demands will be met.