The change at the political level in Talwandi Sabo has been pushing the district administration, authorities of Guru Gobind Singh oil refinery at Rama Mandi and independent transporters into a corner as the Rama Mandi Truck Union has emerged as a powerful body after the recently-held byelection, in which Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu of the Shiromani Akali Dal emerged as the winner.
The union allegedly forced the deputy commissioner to hold an ‘unofficial’ meeting on Saturday to settle its claims on the transportation of goods from the refinery. If president of the union Gurlabh Singh is to be believed, then, from now onwards, the union will have the first right to transport goods out of the oil refinery.
According to Gurlabh, a decision to this effect was taken at the ‘unofficial’ meeting held at the mini secretariat here, which was attended by the union members, refinery officials, transporters, a representative of SAD MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu and DC Basant Garg.
Though nothing was brought on record, Gurlabh claimed that now the union will have its first right over the transportation of goods from the refinery. “Everything had been going on smoothly since the commissioning of the refinery. However, the union started becoming active after the recent Talwandi Sabo byelection. The union was pressuring the administration and refinery officials to control the transportation of goods from the refinery,” said Gurwinder Singh, owner of Tarmala Transport Company.