Lorry strike called off
The 8-day old nationwide goods lorries strike has finally been called off on Monday evening.They were demanding a Rs 10 cut in the price of diesel and a cut on service tax as well.
The truckers of Maharashtra called off the strike on Sunday in response to the state chief minister Ashok Chavan’s request. This had a sobering effect on the All-India truck owners’ leaders.
The Centre then ordered truckers to get back to work under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and asked states to allow private vehicles without permits to carry essential goods.
Kashmir valley was the worst affected by the strike because all supplies to the Valley came by trucks, about a 1,000 of them everyday. With the strike, the Valley was completely cut off.
Most of the trucks and lorries resume their business tonight itself.