JK transporters to go on strike

Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 23:28

Jammu: Bus operators in Jammu & Kashmir on Sunday threatened to go on day-long strike on March 25 demanding hike in passenger fare following the hike in oil prices.
"We will go on a strike on March 25 to press for our
demand to increase passenger fare due to hike in petrol and
diesel prices," Mini-bus Workers Union chairman Anil Chopra
told reporters here on Sunday.

Despite increase in prices, the state government has
refused to increase the passenger fare.

Transporters in the state are facing lot of hardships in
view of the hike in petrol and diesel prices besides VAT on
lubricants and imposition of 8.4 per cent service tax, he
said.

Transporters urged chief minister Omar Abdullah to ensure
that passenger fare is increased as Abdullah had earlier
committed to form a committee to deal with fare increase and
also other problems of the transporters.

But no such committee has been formed so far, Chopra said
adding if the government fails to increase the fare even after
the token strike on March 25, transporters will go on
indefinite strike and government will be responsible for it.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 23:28

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