New Delhi: Transporters body AIMTC on Friday said it has called off the proposed indefinite strike that was to begin from April 1 following assurance from the government that steps will be taken to facilitate resolution of issues raised by it.
"The AIMTC calls off their proposed indefinite chakkajam from midnight of April 1, 2013 and hope that the government will abide by its commitment to road transport sector," All India Motor Transport Congress President Malkit Singh said in a statement.
It added that marathon meetings were held with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) over the past few days and all the issues were discussed threadbare.
"Our issues were considered sympathetically as the (MoRTH) Secretary (Vijay Chhibber) also felt that these were genuine concerns and should be resolved in a time-bound manner," the statement said.
The Ministry said in a statement: "The AIMTC has called off the proposed strike after its representatives met the Secretary, MoRTH here today... During the Meeting, Secretary ...assured that ministry appreciates the requests of AIMTC and will take steps to facilitate resolution of issues."
Earlier, AIMTC had warned that 75 lakh trucks and 40 lakh buses will stop plying from April 1 if demands, including withdrawal of hike in diesel prices and rollback of hike in third party insurance premium, were not met.
The trucker’s body further said that the government has agreed to initiate the process of Annual Toll Permit Scheme and examine the same for feasibility.
Moreover, it said, the ministry has also agreed in- principal to send a written note to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas suggesting quarterly or half yearly revision of diesel prices.


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