Truckers on strike from today, demand inclusion of diesel in GST

All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) and other transport associations today started 36-hour long strike protesting against the disruptive policies under Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demanded the inclusion of diesel in the new indirect tax's ambit. 
The impact of the strike was clearly visible as trucks went off roads in many cities including Delhi. 
Supplies of commodities including food are likely to be affected due to the strike. 
"The exorbitant increase in the diesel price and daily fluctuations are affecting the road transport sector. The diesel and tolls account for more than 70 per cent of operating cost of the truck, though diesel is out of GST. Diesel must be brought under GST top bring uniformity of diesel pricing across the country," Calcutta Goods Transport Association (CGTA) President Prabhat Kumar Mittal told reporters on Saturday. 
He said there was utter confusion, chaos and disruption due to varied policies under GST that are imposed on the road transport sector. 
Transporters also demanded the revision of diesel prices should be done on a quarterly basis.
Source :  The Economic Times


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