New Delhi: Truck operators, led by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), on Monday took to the streets to begin their two-day nationwide protest against the Goods and Services tax (GST), the hike in diesel prices and corruption on roads.Re-iterating the Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s wish to include diesel under the ambit of GST, truckers said diesel must be brought under GST to ensure “uniformity of fuel pricing across the country”.
“Transporters have decided to protest against the callous and indifferent attitude of government officials, GST, diesel price hike and corruption on roads by observing a token ‘chakka jam’ (strike) on October 9 and 10,” said AIMTC president SK Mittal.AIMTC, represents around 93 lakh truckers and around 50 lakhs bus and tourist operators across India. The strike is likely to affect the supply of commodities.
Truck dealers have expressed displeasure at the “contra laws” in the GST regime that has led to “coercive registration and unnecessary compliance by truckers and transporters”. He added that the sale of used business which attracts GST, leads to double taxation by the government.