Truckers strike may raise essential food items’ prices by 15%: Assocham

NEW DELHI: As transporters’ nationwide strike entered the fifth day on Monday, industry chamber Assocham said prices of essential commodities such as fruits, vegetables and milk may increase by up to 15% if the stir continues.
Besides, the strike has adversely impacted the government’s revenue to the tune of Rs 36 crore.
“With over one crore trucks and tempos on strike since the past five days, it has led to shortage of essential commodities like milk, fruits and vegetables and their costs are likely to increase by about 10-15% per day if the strike continues,” an analysis on the financial impact of the truckers’ strike conducted by Assocham revealed.
The industry body said the nationwide indefinite strike has already affected about 20 billion tonnes-km of freight traffic movement.
“Besides, the strike by truckers has also impacted government revenues worth over Rs 3,600 lakh realised through road transport,” it added.
Apex transporters body All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) had called on a strike on October 1 demanding scrapping of the present toll system.
AIMTC claims the cumulative loss to the truckers in five days would be about Rs 7,500 crore while the loss to the government could be more than Rs 50,000 crore. —PTI