Hyderabad: CPI National General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve the five day long lorries strike across the nation besides withdrawing hike in license fees and penalties on vehicles. In a letter addressed to Modi, Reddy said that the truckers strike will cause big obstacle for the transport of essential commodities and food grains, resulting in price-rise. He also expressed concern that the lorries strike will have adverse impact on vegetables, flowers, etc. and will get dry and perish causing crores of rupees loss of national wealth. Agricultural markets are also closed throughout India, due to Lorries and truck owners strike he said.
He objected the Centre for its abnormal increase of Insurance charges on trucks and other transport vehicles, and big increase of license fee and penalties on all vehicles including taxies, auto-rickshaws etc. This has caused unhappiness among the lorries and truck owners and lead to strike he said. Suggesting to resolve the lorries and truckers demands with negotiations Sudhakar Reddy said that increase of vehicle insurance premiums should be reasonable.
He sought that the Centre roll back its decision to increase of abnormal penalties and license fee cause heavy burden on small self employed auto-rickshaw, taxi drivers. In the background of price rise already, the strike will cause more difficulties. At this backdrop the prime minister should intervene immediately and ask the transport department to discuss with truck owners and solve the problem immediately. (NSS)