Goods May Get Pricey As Nationwide Truck Strike Begins

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Kolkata: A section of truckers under goods vehicles umbrella body ACOGOA on Monday went on an indefinite nationwide strike, protesting hike in diesel prices, among other issues. There are apprehensions of essential goods becoming expensive.

But according to the experts, its effect can only be realised if the strike continues for more than 48 hours. Truck owners have gone for the strike, protesting against the Centre’s indifference towards bringing down the price of diesel. There are around 45 lakh trucks in the state.

With trucks going off the road, both export and import of goods have come to a stop. There are several goods including fish and onion which need to be imported from other states. There will not be much effect if the truck strike is withdrawn within the next 48 hours.

But the prices of essential commodities, mainly of the ones which need to be exported from outside, would go up if it continues even after 48 hours. Most importantly, the stock of the commodities that need to be imported would run out if the strike continues.

Since there should not be any effect on the prices of essential goods in the next 48 hours, there will be strict vigilance at all the markets in the city to ensure that prices of commodities do not go up unnecessarily and lead to inconvenience of common people. There are some occasions in the state as well, on Tuesday. So, the steps have been taken to ensure that prices of goods do not go up.

Since there should not be any effect on the prices of essential goods in the next 48 hours, there will be strict vigilance at all the markets in the city to ensure that prices of commodities do not go up unnecessarily and lead to inconvenience of common people. There are some occasions in the state as well, on Tuesday. So, the steps have been taken to ensure that prices of goods do not go up.

Another transporters apex body AIMTC, however, alleged that today’s ‘chakkajam’ was orchestrated by a small section and had no impact and called for a nationwide strike from July 20 on the similar issues.

Both the bodies, All India Confederation of Goods Vehicles Owners Association (ACOGOA) and All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), claim membership of over 80 lakh truckers each.

“The impact of the strike is more in West Bengal and Karnataka. We have exempted essential supplies from the strike as we do not want to cause inconvenience to the common masses,” he said.

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