J&K Transport Welfare Association to go on indefinite strike from Feb 24; travel to take a hit

Srinagar, Feb 21: Passengers travelling in different villages and cities in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, will face inconvenience as hundreds of transporters associated with All J&K Transport Welfare Association are set to go on an indefinite strike from February 24.

According to News Agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC), General Secretary of the Association said, “it was unanimously decided in the meeting that we will go for an indefinite strike from February 24 ( Wednesday) till our demands are not fulfilled by the Govt. for revision in passenger fare and waive off/ rollback Token Tax/ Passenger tax during the lockdown period for one year.”

He said,”We had observed one day strike on 6th Jan 2021 and J&K Govt. that time had assured us that all our demands will be fulfilled by one week time, but till date nothing has been done. We have submitted the cost of operation in the office of Transport Commissioner for Revision in passenger fare because the rate of petroleum products are increasing day-by-day. Passenger fare was revised in April 2018, then the rate of Diesel was Rs 65/litre but now the rate of Diesel is 82/litre which is not now bearable by the Transporters of J&K (UT).”

“We are not interested to go for indefinite strike but the UT Govt. of J & K is enforcing us to do so. Due to the indefinite strike inconvenience to the general public/student community is the responsibility of the Govt,” he added.

Pertinently, the decision was taken during a meeting which was held in Ware House Jammu in which Vijay Singh, Kuldeep Singh & Mohinder Singh and also Presidents of all Commercial Transport Association including Nazir Ahmad, Mudasir Bashir Dar from Kashmir province were also present. (KDC)