Truckers' demand 'constitutional measure' from PM

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Truckers strike
New Delhi, Jan 12: The basic commodity prices are on high and is irking people. To put an end to the week long truckers' strike, the Central Government has called a meeting of state transport ministers on Monday, Jan 12.

"The strike is on, the solution lies completely in the hands of the government," All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) Vice-President Amolak Singh Bhatia told on Monday, Jan 12.

Confirming the withdrawal of truckers' strike in most of States like Mumbai, Jaipur, Hassan, Pune and Karnataka (Hassan), Union Transport Secretary Brahm Dutt said the Monday meeting will discuss the present situation and the further steps to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities across the country.

However, AIMTC is adamant that they would carry on with the strike till their demands are met.

AIMTC said that they are ready to hold talks with Prime Minister, if they invite them in a 'constitutional manner' and released their arrested leaders, including President Charan Singh Lohara.

New Delhi Police had arrested AIMTC President Charan Singh Lohara and Secretary S Venugopal on Friday, Jan 9 after the State Government invoked the Essential Services and Maintainence Act (ESMA).

The week long truckers' strike has rose the commodity prices by 10-15 per cent in various parts of the country.


OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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