Transporters call for a nation-wide strike from July 2

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New Delhi, Jun 12 (UNI) All India Motor Transport Congress(AIMTC) has threatened to go on strike from July 2, if the government does not revert back to their previous agreement of the service tax issue, finalised in 2004 and was applicable till today.

''The Government has suddenly apprised us that the agreement which was drafted in the 2004 has lapsed and fresh rules for levy of service tax will be formulated '', Mr Ramesh Aggarwal, President of the All India Transporters Welfare said here today.

''We are scared of the 'inspector raj' but the government wants us to succumb to their pressures'', he added.

President of AIMTC, Mr Charan Singh Lohra said there will be no vehicle on the roads from July 2. There is no policy relating to the toll tax. The government had assured us that the toll tax will be collected till the expenditure of the road had been met completely but the tax was being collected even after the construction of the road was complete, he added.

He said according to the rules, a gap of minimum 80 kms has to be kept between the two Toll Tax Centres but the government is not aware of such rule and the toll tax centres are set even at a gap of 26-28 kms.

Mr Aggarwal said 'We are not against the price hike but are demanding uniform prices of diesel all over the country.' About forty lakh trucks will be off the roads next month if their demands were not met, he added.

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