Srinagar: Kashmir-based goods transport companies on Saturday accused the Punjab government of harassment.
Addressing a press conference here, president J&K Goods Transport Companies Association, Muhammad Sadiq Ronga, said the Punjab Sales Tax department at Madhupore check-post levy “unwarranted hefty penalties” on the Kashmir-bound goods vehicles coming from Delhi.
“New ways and means are being devised to harass us. Every Kashmiri truck with goods is being stopped to grab money from them,” he said.
He said Kashmiri truckers were facing indiscrimination at the hands of the J&K Commercial Tax department at Lakhanpore check-post (LCP) as well.
“The officials at LCP levy hefty penalties on the drivers carrying goods of Kashmiri drivers where marginal penalties are recovered from the truckers carrying the goods of Jammu traders. This is sheer injustice towards Kashmiri drivers who have already suffered huge losses due to devastating 2014 floods,” he said and added that the irony is that poor drivers are forced to pay the penalties on spot.
“If at all these penalties are justified we appeal Government not to make on spot recoveries from the poor drivers but devise a mechanism so that the recoveries are made directly from the traders,” Ronga said.
“Another difficulty faced by us is the multiple check posts and squads at Lakhanpore, Jammu Vigilance, Lower Munda, Srinagar Vigilance, under construction post at Transport Nagar Srinagar while there is no check post at Transport Nagar Jammu,” he said.
Muhammad Sadaq Baqal from KTMF and Farooq Ahmed Dar from Kashmir Economic Alliance were accompanying him at the event.