TS transport operators too decide to join stir

Hyderabad: Telangana State Motor Transport Operators’ Association (SMTO), affiliated to AIMTC, today announced that they will go on indefinite strike from April 8 midnight in protest against the decision of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA).

Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, Telangana SMTO leaders slammed the IRDA for enhancing the third party insurance premium unilaterally. In protest, they have decided to go on indefinite strike from April 8 midnight in the name of ‘Chakka Jam’.

The Union leaders — Mohammed Khan, vice-president Vimal C Gupta, general secretary Mohammed Imran Khan, Greater Hyderabad Water Tankers’ Association president Anjaneyulu Goud said already the movement of lorries came to a stop since March 30 across south India.

They said they will participate in the nationwide strike to be launched from April 8 midnight in response to the call given by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) and other unions. They made it clear that they would halt the vehicles everywhere.

They also alleged that the IRDA increased third party premium by 30 per cent last year and now without discussing with anybody, increased it up to 40 per cent unilaterally. The IRDA increased it up to 804 per cent since 2002 on lorries, Vimal C Gupta alleged.

As per tradition, the IRDA must conduct a joint meeting with Tariff Advisory Committee (TAC) and various unions, the IRDA kept TAC aside and enhanced the premium as it wished, Imran Khan alleged.

He said over one crore lorries will be halted across the nation with the proposed nationwide strike.

They demanded that the Centre appoint a committee to look into the problems of the transport sector with the ministry concerned. They also demanded reinstatement of Tariff Advisory Committee and review the increased penalties mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill-2016 and curb rampant corruption in the transport sector.

They demanded that the State government discuss with the AP on Single Permit Counter Signature issue. They demanded that the State and Central governments set up truck parking facility and hand over the Moosapet, Kukatpally truck parking place to the Truck Operators Association on lease.

Greater Hyderabad Water Tankers’ Association president Anjaneyulu Goud said they would take a decision on whether to participate in the nationwide strike or not after convening a meeting soon.

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