The truckers body of West Bengal, part of the nationwide indefinite transporters' strike, will meet on Saturday to decide its future course of action. "We are unable to get in touch with the senior office bearers of the All India Motor Transport Congress after the arrest of two of its leaders. So, we will meet this afternoon to decide on the next course of action," Federation of West Bengal Trucks Operators' Association Secretary Satyajit Majumdar told PTI.
The ongoing transporters' strike has hit inter state cargo movement but movement of goods within the state of West Bengal is normal.
"There had been no inter state movement of trucks but lorries within the state continue to ply as we had given relaxation to agri, perishable goods and fish movement till January 10," Majumdar said.
Bihar and Orissa have not joined the strike. The strike was called to press their demands which include lowering VAT, reduction in diesel prices by Rs 10 per litre, withdrawal of service tax on truckers, waiver of interest on truck finance for at least six months and providing free movement of trucks in the country without any national or state permit.
Meanwhile, the union ministry of surface transport in an advertisement has shown causes as to why some of those cannot be met.