The demands of AIMTC
include Immediate withdrawal of unilateral hike of Third Party Insurance Premium(TPP) for Goods Vehicles w.
Lohara further said the AIMTC
had sought information from the Union Surface Transport Ministry about the daily collections of toll taxes at various national highways.
The AIMTC meeting demanded the Centre to immediately roll-back hike in fuel prices, especially that of diesel, which rose by over Rs 2.
The Centre had signed an agreement with AIMTC on February 23, 2009 for implementing the new national permit scheme before January this year, but despite of the minister's assurance, the government has not notified it.
The AIMTC claimed the strike would also have the support from other segments such as tempos and other small goods carrying vehicle owners and asked the government to notify and implement the same before March 31.
member from Mumbai, Bal Malkit Singh said: " It is amply clear that the concessionaire recovers more than its investment within four years even under conservative estimates, yet the government chooses to award the contract for whopping 21 years.
He said that most of the grievances of the transporters had been addressed in July last year during detailed deliberations with the AIMTC.
He said that the strike was withdrawn unconditionally after AIMTC office bearers held detailed deliberations with the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.
The State Transport Ministers' meeting convened earlier in the afternoon by the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways had unanimously appealed to the AIMTC to withdraw strike immediately and restore normal movement of motor vehicles across the country.
Participants at the meeting had also unanimously authorised Baalu to deliberate with AIMTC representatives to ensure an end to the transporters strike.
The AIMTC, which represents around six million trucks across the country, called for an indefinite strike since Monday.
Truckers have been off the roads after talks between AIMTC and the Central Government officials broke down last weekend, threatening to push up prices of food and other essential commodities across the country.