Truck Owners’ Association calls off statewide strike
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Truck Owners’ Association called off its proposed agitation, putting an end to concerns over potential disruption in transport services in the State. The association’s general secretary claimed the decision to withdraw the stir was taken after the state government “agreed to meeting our demands”. The truckers had called for an indefinite strike from today midnight seeking fulfillment of various demands including hike in fares. About 1 lakh truckers were likely to join the stir as the government failed to meet their demands, including hike in fares, sources said. The strike call had been made after the association’s talks with state transport minister Subrat Tarai failed on Tuesday. The Association on December 30 had threatened to launch the stir from January 15 if its 7-point charter of demands, including fare hike was not met by the government. A delegation of the Association had put forward its demand before the government and the truckers had demanded implementation of the report of the technical committee on fare hike with immediate effect.