Demand rollback of ‘unjustifiable’ orders
SRINAGAR: Public transport operators have called for a 72-hour-long strike from Monday to press for a rollback of “unjustifiable” orders issued by the government.
General Secretary Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf told Kashmir Reader that the strike call was given to push for their various demands including withdrawal of yearly passenger welfare fund and rollback of hike in fitness fees and fees for other renewal of vehicle documents.
He said the transport community suffered badly due to last year’s uprising, and the government was “rubbing salt into our wounds by issuing unjust orders rather than compensating the losses”.
“The government decision to hike fitness fees from 400 to 2000 is total unjustifiable as our sector was the worst hit by the unrest. It (uprising) didn’t erupt because of us, in fact government should have taken some steps to provide relief to transport sector,” Yousuf said.
“Instead they hiked the fitness fees and other costs for renewal of transport documents, the hike in penalties and levy of additional fee of commercial vehicles for renewal of documents. The move would be resisted by every means,” he said.
He said that if government failed to meet their demands, the strike called by them would be extended for an indefinite period till the government accepts their “genuine” demands.
“Before taking any step, government should have looked into steep hike in prices of petroleum products and spare parts of vehicles. We would have accepted any hike, had it been reasonable for us (transport community),” he said.
The transporters have also called for immediate rollback of an order calling for installation of speed governor in all commercial segments and called for revising passenger fare of all commercial vehicles given the recent hike in oil prices.