Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Saturday, Aug 28, 2004

News
Features
Stocks
Cross Currency
Shipping
Archives
Google

Group Sites

Logistics - Roadways


Hopes on end to truckers' strike

P. Manoj

New Delhi , Aug. 27

THE seven-day-old transporters strike may be called off anytime, according to an official with the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).

Mr Ravinder Singh Khurana, member of the Managing Committee of AIMTC, told reporters here that the nation-wide strike was likely to be called off after the Government appoints a committee to look into the problems of the transporters.

"We are hopeful of a positive outcome from the ongoing talks with the Finance Ministry. The strike is likely to end today," Mr Khurana said.

The breakthrough came during talks between the transporters and the Revenue Secretary, Ms Vineeta Rai in the evening.

The Revenue Secretary informed the AIMTC delegation that the service tax was not applicable to transporters who owned trucks. The tax would be collected only from those who engaged trucks from outside agencies.

The Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, who was scheduled to leave for Mumbai at 7 p.m., delayed his departure, sparking off hopes of an early end to the strike. Mr Chidambaram is likely to meet an AIMTC delegation later tonight, AIMTC sources said.

In a big setback to the ongoing agitation by transporters under the banner of AIMTC, trucks and lorry associations in Andhra Pradesh today withdrew from the indefinite strike, according to the State Transport Commissioner, Mr R.S. Biswal.

"Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners Association and State Motor Transport Owners Association have called off the ongoing strike with immediate effect," Mr Diswal said in a communication sent to the Union Road Transport Secretary, Mr Dhanendra Kumar.

Earlier in the day, the CPI(M) leader, Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet stepped in to break the impasse on the seven-day-old nationwide transporters strike.

"I agree with their demand and the Government is working in the direction to end the strike," Mr Surjeet said after meeting a delegation from the AIMTC. The transporters have been on the indefinite strike to protest imposition of service tax.

The Government has ruled out rollback of service tax on goods booking agents following the passage of the Finance Bill on Thursday. However, the Finance Ministry has offered to sort out any procedural difficulty faced by goods booking agents in collecting and paying service tax to the Government.

"We have made it clear that any rollback (of 10 per cent service tax on goods booking agents) is not possible. The withdrawal of service tax is not negotiable. But we will take the truckers along with us in sorting out any procedural difficulty," Member, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Mr S.K. Bharadwaj, told reporters. The Finance Ministry is willing to discuss and make the procedure for collection of new tax easier, he said.

More Stories on : Roadways | Trade & Labour Unions

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication :: Printer Friendly Page



Stories in this Section
Aircraft acquisition — Kingfisher Air gets European credit support


Kochi container terminal — Cabinet panel asks Dubai Ports to start work at the earliest
Decks being cleared for Maersk to develop Pipavav port
PM to lay stone for Vallarpadam
Menlo Worldwide to expand supply chain coverage
Western Rly Mumbai clocks 68 pc rise in ad revenue
The service load on truckers' back
Hopes on end to truckers' strike
Raise bonus limit: KSRTC staff



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line