Drivers may suspend service
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, August 05 2011:
On account of the highly violent general strike on NH-39, the Manipur Drivers' Welfare Association has hinted at possible suspension of all goods carrier service in case the Government does not make necessary arrangement for providing adequate security cover including enhanced ROP duty without any delay.
Speaking to media persons today, secretary of the Manipur Drivers' Welfare Association, M Tomba said that sometimes vehicles which break down on the way are abandoned by security escorts, abandoned by security escorts, and there were cases when these vehicles were vandalised or set ablaze by strike supporters.
He appealed to the authority concerned to give compensations for the vehicles torched or vandalised during general strikes/blockades.
Tomba also appealed to the Government to extend monetary assistance to transporters who sustained injuries while on duty due to bandhs/blockades.
He further appealed to the organisations behind the general strike to suspend their stir for at least two/three days in the interest of the transporters and passengers who have been stranded and enduring all kinds of difficulties outside the State.
Tomba also made a fervent appeal to the State Government to bring an understanding with the agitators at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Drivers' Welfare Association has extended monetary assistance to the injured transporters who are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals.