Transporters call off indefinite strike after talks

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/25/2021 12:19:19 PM

SRINAGAR, Feb 24: The organizations of the various Transport Associations Namely Jammu and Kashmir Transporters Welfare Committee on Wednesday called off their indefinite strike in J&K after the successful negotiations with the Commissioner Secretary Traffic.
The General Secretary of the Kashmir Welfare Transporters Association, namely Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf while talking to CNS said that the decision to call off the strike was taken after concerned officials of the government agreed to increase fare by 19%.
According to him the decision was taken at a meeting with Finance Commissioner, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, who is chairman of Fare and Freight Committee also comprising Transport commissioner. The meeting was also attended by Commissioner Secretary Transport, Hardesh Kumar besides Transport Commissioner and other officials at Civil Secretariat this afternoon.
“The government agreed to all our demands. The government and our representatives agreed on a 19% increase in fare,” he said.
Meanwhile he added “Our two other demands, roll back of token tax and waiver of token tax during lockdown period would be decided with the transport commissioner.”
However, Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf said that transporters have decided to call off the indefinite strike after the successful negotiations.
He mentioned that the demand for hike in Fare was decided due to the fact that the prices of the fuels like petrol and Diesel has increased significantly.
Although when CNS contacted concerned officials, they confirmed the meeting but on the other hand added that no official circular has been issued in this regard yet.



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