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Truckers call off strike

Truckers call off strike
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First Published: Fri, Jul 04 2008. 12 27 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Jul 04 2008. 12 27 PM IST
AFP
New Delhi: Millions of truckers ended a strike early today morning after the government agreed to supply diesel at a uniform price across the country and not hike road toll taxes.
The agreement came after 10 hours of dialogue between representatives of the two sides, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Some 4.8 million truckers had stopped their services since midnight 2 July, putting pressure on food and other supplies across the country.
“All our issues on service tax have been resolved,” Charan Singh Lohara, who heads the All India Motor Transport Congress, was quoted as saying by the news agency.
Transport ministry secretary Brahm Dutt said the government had agreed that there would be “no increase in toll taxes for a year on government-funded national highway stretches,” the news agency reported.
The government had also issued a directive to state-run oil companies to make available non-branded diesel in all their outlets across the country, so that truckers do not have to pay more for premium fuel, officials added.
Discontent among truckers had been brewing since the government last month increased petrol and diesel prices for the second time this year to stem huge losses at state-run oil companies, stirring political opposition and street protests.
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First Published: Fri, Jul 04 2008. 12 27 PM IST