Transport strike in Jammu and Kashmir deferred till Jan 25


JAMMU, Jan 22: The 72 hour strike call scheduled for 23 Jan 2017 9i.e. Monday) has been deferred till jan 25 after a meeting of General Secretary, Transporters Welfare Association with CM Mehbooba Mufti has been fixed for tomorrow.

According to General Secretary, Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association,Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf Jammu and Kashmir transporters were asked to intensify the 72-hour strike and “go on indefinite strike if government fails to meet their demands, but now only after meeting with CM, further course of action will be charted”.

“Kashmir Transporters were hit badly by unrest and we are yet to come to terms and now government has pressed in a hike in fitness fees and other fees for renewal of documents. The hike in penalties and levy of additional fee of commercial vehicles for renewal of documents is also unjustified,” Yusuf said.

Yusuf said inspite of a recent steep hike in prices of petroleum products and spare parts, the state government is levying huge taxes, fees and penalties of more than 100 per cent over transporters.

Meanwhile, Chairman, All J&K Transport Welfare Association, Tarlochan Singh Wazir while holding a press conference in Jammu said transporters have approached state government with their demands on several occasions but to no avail.

This meeting can lead to the breakthrough seeked by transporters of Jammu and Kashmir.