Srinagar: The general public in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to face inconvenience as hundreds of transporters associated with All Jammu and Kashmir Transport Welfare Association are set to go on indefinite strike from February 24, KDC reported.
General Secretary of the Association has said that it was unanimously decided in a meeting that they will go on an indefinite strike from February 24 ( Wednesday) till their demands are not fulfilled by the government for revision in passenger fare and waive off Token Tax/Passenger tax during the lockdown period for one year.
“We had observed one day strike on Jan 6, 2021, and the J&K government that time had assured us that all our demands will be fulfilled within one week but nothing has been done till date. We have submitted cost of operation in the office of Transport Commissioner for revision in passenger fare because the rates of petroleum products are increasing day-by-day,” he said.
Passenger fare was revised in April 2018. Then the rate of diesel was Rs 65 per litre but now it is Rs 82/litre which is not bearable by the transporters of J&K.”
“We were not interested to go on an indefinite strike but the government is forcing us to do so. Due to the indefinite strike, inconvenience to the general public)/student community is the responsibility of the government,” he added.
Pertinently, the decision was taken during a meeting which was held in Ware House Jammu in which Vijay Singh, Kuldeep Singh & Mohinder Singh and presidents of all commercial transport associations including Nazir Ahmad and Mudasir Bashir Dar from Kashmir province were present as well. (KDC)