Transporters in Jammu and Kashmir went on transport strike today alleging the failure of the State Government to consider their long pending demands. The protestors blocked the road from Lakhanpur to Leh thus, disrupting the normalcy in the region.
The protestors complained about hike in diesel prices, unnecessary harassment by the Traffic cops and Executive police to the transport operators. The strike issues pertaining to revision of passenger fare, parking places for matadors, auto rikshaws and taxis, issuance of fitness certificates, charging of Adda fees from all passenger, goods carriage vehicles, tankers and taxis plying on national highways, restructuring of bank finance, penalty on renewal of transport companies licenses, renewal fee of driving licenses and pre-paid rates of taxis of Jammu provinces etc.
The roads were thin due to the protests and the passengers were facing the heat of the protests, thus urging the Government to take steps in this regard at the earliest. The tourists also faced similar inconvenience due to the strike.
The transporters hold government responsible of inconvenience to the general public due to strike and appealed to bear with the transporters, who were forced by the authorities at the helm of affairs to take the step.
The transporters many times approached various State Governments and submitted memorandum to the then Chief Minister and Governor Satya Pal Malik for resolving the burning issues displeasure regarding the hike in fuel prices day by day but till date, no positive action has been initiated. Thus, we are forced to go on a strike to make our demands heard by the present administration said one of the transporters.
The transporters threatened State administration that if their demands are not redressed at the earliest the transporters in the State would go on indefinite strike.