8-Day Nationwide Truckers' Strike Ends After Negotiations With the Govt

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    The indefinite nationwide strike by truckers across the country has ended. IANS reported that around 90 lakh trucks had been off the roads since 20 July as truckers protested against high diesel prices, asked for the removal of all toll barriers across the country and reduction of the third party insurance premium. They also demanded the abolition of TDS, rationalization of income tax, the smoother functioning of the E-way bill, national permit for tourists and buses and abolition of the direct port delivery tendering system.

    8-Day Nationwide Truckers' Strike Ends After Negotiations With the Govt

    The strike was called upon by the All India Motor Transport Congress. Through his twitter handle, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal informed about the discussions that took place between the transporters and the government.

    The government will be putting in place a mechanism to ensure seamless movement of transport vehicles across toll plazas with the help of technology in six months time, he said.

    The Assocham (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) in a statement on Friday said that the nationwide strike by truckers caused an estimated direct and indirect loss of over Rs 50,000 crore to the Indian economy and the government.

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    Story first published: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 12:28 [IST]
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