New Delhi, April 30: The nation-wide day-long strike called by the transport sector workers began midnight last night in protest against the proposed new road transport bill.
The strike has been called jointly by national level road transport organisations representing both public and private sector workers which are affiliated to central trade unions like All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), BMS, INTUC, HMS, AICCTU, LPF and state-level outfits. In the bill, hefty fines have been proposed for minor traffic violation.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has asked transporters to call off their proposed strike. He said that their concern is premature and assured that decisions will be taken after wide consultations only.
In the national capital, number of Transport sector unions, including Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union and a section of DTC employees are extending their support to the strike. However, the Delhi government has said the strike will have no effect on the transport sector and usual number of Delhi Transport Corporation buses will ply on the roads.
In Rajasthan, Employees Union of State Roadways Transport Corporation is extending support to the strike. State Roadways Employees’ Union State President ML Yadav said, the main objective of this bill is to completely privatise the passenger road transport in the country.
The strike has affected normal transport in Bangalore as well. Public transport services remained off the road from midnight last night. However, some auto rickshaws and tourist taxis are plying.