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Transporters announce strike across J&K from Wednesday

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Srinagar: Transporters associated with All J&K Transport Welfare Association are set to go on an indefinite strike from February 24; they are demanding a hike in fares and roll back of tax for the lockdown months.

Chairman of the Association, Shabir Ahmad Matt said that they had decided in a meeting to go for an indefinite strike from Wednesday until their demands are fulfilled by the government.

He said that after observing a one day strike on January 06, the J&K government had assured them that all their demands will be fulfilled within a week’s time, which has not happened.

“We have submitted the cost of operation in the office of Transport Commissioner for revision in passenger fares because the rate of petroleum products is increasing day-by-day. Passenger fare was revised in April 2018, then the rate of diesel was Rs 65 a litre but now the rate of Diesel is 82, which is not bearable for transporters in J&K,” a JKTWA statement said.

They blamed the UT government for compelling them to go for the strike.

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