Protesters allow movement of essential commodities only
The third day of lorry strike against increase in third party insurance premium for vehicles and collection of toll at plazas affected movement of goods on Saturday across Telangana.
The striking lorry owners association allowed only movement of essential commodities even as they made plans to intensify the agitation by convening a meeting of its members from all southern States at Insurance Regulatory Development Authority here on Monday. The meeting will discuss the vehicle insurance policy.
The strike paralysed movement of coal from pit-heads at all mines of Singareni Collieries in four districts. As March 31 was the last day of 2016-17 financial year, the company had stepped up production in the last few days to achieve targets but the extracted coal was confined to coal yards at mines and coal handling plants.
While 65 per cent of production at mines was shifted by rail wagons to power and cement plants, the remaining stock was moved by road. Over 1,000 lorry owners and several hundred drivers, cleaners, loading and unloading workers and transportation agents were participating in the strike.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary S.P. Singh on Saturday reviewed the lorry strike with senior officials of various departments at the Secretariat.
Principal Secretaries Somesh Kumar, Mr. Rajat Kumar and Mr. Sunil Sharma, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority Commissioner T. Chiranjeevulu and Additional Director General of Police Anjani Kumar were among those present
Mr. Singh instructed the district collectors after the meeting to take steps to ensure that the common public was not inconvenienced. There should be no dislocation in supplies of essential commodities, milk and vegetables and adequate stock of petrol, diesel and cooking gas was maintained. The collectors should send daily reports on strike situation to the Transport Commissioner’s office.
The authorities at dairies were asked to prepare contingency plans for supply of milk.
A procession was held under the aegis of lorry owners association from Hayatnagar to Autonagar here. The association members and lorry operators participated.