Transport workers’ strike hits State

 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Thousands of passengers across the State, particularly office-goers and students, were badly impacted today by a 24-hour strike called by transport workers seeking family welfare schemes and scrapping of the proposed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.The strike called by the State unit of All India Road Transport Workers Federation was backed by 122 workers’ unions of the State, including All Assam E-Rickshaw Chalak Santha, All Assam Cab Operators Union and tourist taxi unions.

Buses and taxis were off the roads, and even night buses had to remain suspended. However, ASTC buses were plying on the city roads. Offices recorded thin attendance, while many schools had to declare a holiday in the wake of the strike.

Three activists were arrested at Dhekiajuli, All India Road Transport Workers Federation secretary Biren Sarma said, adding, the transport workers submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister through the deputy commissioners in their respective districts.

Among the demands of the workers unions is a scheme encompassing pension, health benefits and children’s education facilities. The workers are also opposing the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that aims at imposing stiffer penalties on traffic rules violations.

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