The nation-wide goods transporters strike entered the fourth day on Thursday with both truckers and government refusing to stand down from their stated positions.
The strike by goods transporters had acquired political colour with CPI(M) asking the Centre on Wednesday to meet the truckers’ demands.
Prices of food items, including coarse cereals, vegetables and fruits, are reported to have remained steady in the wholesale market across the country. However, key spot markets for commodities like sugar, potato and maize remained closed as the strike crippled supplies of these goods leading to a rise in prices.
Hyderabad is facing severe fuel shortage because of the goods transporters strike.
The Centre has advised states to act on the 18-point action plan that it had issued two days back to deal with the situation. It included implementing provisions of the Essential Commodities Act, Essential Services Maintenance Act and National Security Act and to impound trucks, if needed, against the striking transporters.