Transporters to continue strike as talks with admin fail

The indefinite strike called by Oil Tankers’ Association along with Truck and Drivers Union in Jammu and Kashmir might prolong as the first round of talks between the association and state administration has failed, sources said on Sunday.
Transporters to continue strike as talks with admin fail
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The indefinite strike called by Oil Tankers' Association along with Truck and Drivers Union in Jammu and Kashmir might prolong as the first round of talks between the association and state administration has failed, sources said on Sunday.

After reports of shortage of petroleum products in entire Jammu region due to the 48-hour strike called by the transporters' unions, the Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pawan Kotwal called an emergency meeting with representatives of these bodies on Sunday evening.

"The meeting lasted for two hours but the administration refused to give any assurance to the demands of the union representatives and instead pressurized the transporters to call off the strike immediately," sources said.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, Kharuddin Wani, President of All Jammu and Kashmir Truck Drivers and Conductors Union said that meeting with administration remained inconclusive.

"We met Divisional Commissioner and his team twice; he appealed the unions to call off the strike without giving any assurance on our demands which is not acceptable to us," he said. "We asked the administration to make up their mind and concede to our demands."

"The government wanted another meeting and we agreed to meet them tomorrow at 10 am at our (transport association) office to resolve the issue," he said.

He reiterated that the strike will continue till their demands are met. They are seeking security to drivers, free treatment to those injured and compensation to tankers and trucks damaged in 'mob attacks' in Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, due to a halt in petroleum supply in the past 48 hours, majority of petrol outlets in Jammu region are running dry. Long queues of vehicles were seen at petrol pumps as motorists and two-wheeler owners were seen waiting for their turn.  

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