JK transporters to go on strike
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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.


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

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