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Truckers to observe one-day strike on Tuesday

The strike, called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), will begin from 6 am on June 13.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 15:22 IST

Truck owners throughout the country will observe a token one-day strike on Tuesday to oppose the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices.

The strike, called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), will begin from 6 am on June 13.

"As many as 3,700 affiliate members across India, including 22 associations from Delhi, will support the strike call," AIMTC advisor JM Saxena said.

The association has made representations to the Finance Ministry, Petroleum Ministry and the Transport Ministry, weherein it has sought complete roll-back of prices.

"We have made representations to the Ministry concerned but have not heard from them yet," Saxena said.

The government on June 5 raised petrol prices by Rs four a litre and diesel prices by Rs two a litre.

The closure of booking offices and keeping vehicles off the road is expected to result in losses amounting to Rs 15,000 crore.

Meanwhile, truckers have already increased freight rates by 6 per cent after the latest hike in fuel prices.

"The hike in rates is not commensurate with the hike in fuel prices," Saxena said.

He said the association will decide on the future course of action, which includes total stoppage of work later this month.

"There has been no reaction from the government. It is not bothered about the strike," he said.

First Published: Jun 12, 2006 15:22 IST