BY TC News Desk
Agartala, July 11, 2023: CITU State President Manik Dey on Tuesday said that the price of petrol-diesel in the international market is decreasing while its increasing in India and the government is collecting money by putting tax on petroleum products in an unusual manner.
Transport workers are affected by this and crores of people of the country are involved in this transport worker. As a result, transport workers are getting fired day by day. Many cars are not able to get on the road. In a way, the government is destroying the transport industry in the country, he added.
While speaking at a discussion meeting organized at the head office of Tripura Motor Sramik Union on the occasion of celebrating its 42nd Foundation Day at Motor Stand in the capital on Tuesday, Dey said no transport policy has been formulated since the country became independent in 1947.
He also said that recently it has been seen that many transport workers are putting various intoxicants in their vehicles while taking the goods. As a result, nearly one lakh transport workers of the country have to go to jail for no fault. The most worrying thing is that when a transport worker goes to jail for no fault of his own, his family starves to death and the main accused of drug traffickers i.e. the owners say they do not know about it. But a proper investigation will show that the owners are directly involved behind it. Transport workers have to pay compensation for a long time without any crime. The main reason behind this is that there is no transport policy in the country, he added.
CITU state president also said in the meeting that extortion from workers has become unlimited in a way. Money is being extorted from the workers by talking about the Naka point. But the government needs money. For this, it cannot direct the police to arrest and collect fines from the workers. Also a way of further exploitation from the workers has been noticed under the present government. One of them is increasing the insurance premium by 100 times. And in the name of vehicle fitness, on the one hand, taxes are being collected from the drivers, on the other hand, billions of rupees are being collected as fines. So today it is demanded for the government to speedily enact policies on the transport industry to protect the lives of those who provide goods and passenger services every day from being endangered, he also added.