Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
Truck union demands release of payments
JALANDHAR: The All Punjab Truck Operators Union on Tuesday slammed the state gover nment’s policies and demanded immediate release of pending payments of truck operators here, which has been allegedly not released for the last three months.
Addressing a press conference here, the union members said almost three months have elapsed since the the wheat season ended but payments for unloading wheat have not been made by government agencies at mandis across the state.
Due to this, it is becoming tough for the poor truck operators to run their households.
Union president Happy Sandhu said although truck transporters are already dealing with the agencies, the state government is also planning to start new method of payment to transporters by giving responsibility of paddy payment to rice millers in grain markets.
“It will impact the farmers who are already facing heat of the government’s apathy. We will not accept this decision of the government,” Sandhu said.
He said the Punjab and Haryana high court has banned the commercial use of tractortrollies in the state.
Jagtar Singh, chairman of the union, said the state transport department has banned the renewal of driving licences to applicants without having a Class 8 certificate, which is also creating problem for drivers who have been driving vehicles for last 20 years.
“We have written to the state government to roll back the decision, but to no avail. Left with no option, truck drivers have filed a writ in the court in this regard and demanded the withdrawal of the decision,” Singh stated.