Mumbai, July 20: As many as 95 lakh vehicles are likely to go off roads in the indefinite nationwide strike called by transporters on Friday, July 20. The lorry association of Kerala and the Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners & Agents Association have also extended their support to the nationwide strike. (Also read: Truckers Call Off Strike, Says Future Course of Action Depends on Talks With Govt) Also Read - GST Exemption on Vaccines, COVID-19 Drugs Would Make them Costlier: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
The Mumbai Bus Malak Sangathana, the umbrella organisation under which Mumbai’s school buses operate, has pledged support to one-day token agitation by all tourist bus and tourist car operators so school-going kids may face a problem. Also Read - Petrol, Diesel Can't Be Brought Under GST For Next 8-10 Years, BJP MP Sushil Modi Tells Parliament, Explains Reasons
In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Maharashtra school and company bus owner’s association has made a series of demands, including bringing fuel under the purview of the goods and service tax (GST). They have also demanded that school buses be exempted from paying at toll points around Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. Their demands include reduction in diesel prices, reducing third-party insurance premium and making them transparent. Also Read - Ola, Uber Drivers go on Strike in Delhi-NCR Demanding Fare Hike
Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had met office-bearers of the All India Motor Transport Congress where he appealed to the latter to not go on strike. The Transport body members claimed that the government had agreed to some of their demands. The strike has found favour in Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh as well.