Ludhiana: Transporters in Punjab have threatened to go on strike protesting Centre’s decision to deregulate diesel prices.

Accusing the government of favouring international companies with the move, transporters have appealed with the Centre not to deregulate diesel prices as this would adversely affect them.

Moreover, they have warned the government of going on strike if the decision is not rolled back.

“The decision of de-controlling diesel prices will affect us badly. The move will help the global companies as they will be able to set the oil prices according to their profit agenda,” said Punjab States Goods Transport Association Chairman Charan Singh Lohara.

Terming the government’s decision as incorrect, he said, “It is another erroneous decision by the government which will lead to price rise in the country.”

Echoing similar views, Ludhiana Goods Transport Association Chairman Manmohan Singh said, “The government must consider all aspects before coming to the decision of de-regulating diesel prices. Oil prices directly or indirectly influence prices of every item.  Hence, putting the diesel prices out of its ambit is indeed a major decision which will have larger implications.”