Truckers Go On 2-Day Nationwide Strike, Demand GST On Diesel

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| October 9 , 2017 , 14:03 IST

As All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) organises a two-day nation-wide truck operators' strike demanding GST on diesel due to the recent price hike, experts are speculating that the market goods may see a steep spike.

AIMTC started the 36-hour strike Monday morning in protest against the government's "disruptive policies" demanding inclusion of diesel under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Before the strike, AIMTC president SK Mittal said, "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."

Also speaking against the unnecessary measures under the new taxation system, Mr Mittal said that contra laws in the present GST regime have led to coercive registration. He also pointed out that the government taxes used businesses, which means double taxation.

Supporting the truckers' body, which represents around 93 lakh truckers and 50 lakhs other operators across the country, All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) is also backing the strike.

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AITWA president Pradeep Singhal said, "The strike call is given by All India Motor Transport Congress and we are supporting them. They (government officials) do not want us to understand the GST, they do not want to explain the GST to us, they do not want to give any clarification, and they are making it extremely complicated.

Singhal has reportedly also urged the government to bring uniformity in diesel prices across the country and lower the prices to meet that of the global market. He also suggested that the government should revise diesel prices on a quarterly basis instead of daily.

Another transport body has also come in support of the protest highlighting the impact of the action on truckers.

Calcutta Goods Transport Association (CGTA) president Prabhat Kumar Mittal has also spoken against the price hike saying that the diesel and tolls itself make up for 70 percent of the operation cost. Diesel must be brought under GST to ensure uniformity of fuel pricing across the country, he argued.