Transporters Calls For Chakka Jam, Protest Against GST & Diesel Price Hike
Calling for a 36-hour nationwide strike starting from 9th October, truck owners and operators are protesting “disruptive policies” under the GST and are demanding the inclusion of diesel in the new indirect tax (GST) ambit.
“Transporters have decided to protest against the callous and indifferent attitude of government officials, GST, diesel price hike and corruption on roads by observing a token ‘chakka jam’ (strike) on October 9 and 10,” said AIMTC president SK Mittal.
AIMTC, represents around 93 lakh truckers and around 50 lakhs bus and tourist operators across India.
Truck dealers have expressed displeasure at the “contra laws” in the GST regime that has led to “coercive registration and unnecessary compliance by truckers and transporters”. He added that the sale of used business which attracts GST, leads to double taxation by the government.
Other transporters’ bodies like the All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) said that it will support AIMTC’s strike as the government has failed clarify GST to transporters.
The strike comes bang in the middle of the festive season when transporter bodies usually make a good profit. Calling it a “suicidal move”, transport dealers said that they are going on strike for two days despite making losses. However, if the government does not listen, dealers said they will go on an indefinite strike.
The protest by truck dealers comes just days ahead of the proposed nationwide strike by petrol pump dealers on October 13, to press for various demands including better margins and inclusion of petroleum products in the Goods and Services Tax.