Punjab transporters to go on indefinite strike from April 5
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 21:27
  
Jalandhar: Transporters in Punjab on Saturday said they would go on indefinite strike from April 5 to protest the recent hike in diesel prices.

"Landing cost of diesel is Rs 17.40 per litre only whereas the selling cost is almost double the landing cost. The government increased the price of diesel but provides subsidy on kerosene, which is heavily used for adulteration purpose," Punjab State Goods Transporters Association President Bhupinder Singh Pandher told reporters here.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Budget 2010-11 had raised customs duty on petrol and diesel to 7.5 per cent from 2.5 per cent while excise duty by Re 1 a litre to Rs 14.35 and Rs 4.60 per litre on non-branded (normal) petrol and diesel respectively. Petrol and diesel prices went up by Rs 2.71 a litre and Rs 2.55 per litre, respectively, after the duty hike.

The association demanded immediate withdrawal of the increased duty should be rolled back.

For the last one decade, transporters were demanding single national permit and the Union government even agreed to the demand, but it was not notified so far, Singh rued.

Criticising both the Union and state governments for imposing toll taxes on almost all main roads, Singh quipped "we have provided the exchequer of Rs 2,28,000 crore by way of cess on diesel since 1996 and government must clarify how it was utilised?"

Charan Singh Lohara, former President of All India Motor Transport Congress, said "We have given a notice to the government that if the genuine demands of the transporters are not met before March 31, we will be left with no alternative but to close our operations from the midnight of April 5".

PTI


First Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 21:27


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