CPM seeks govt intervention to sort out truckers' strike



Shimla (Nov 2): Deploring the BJP government for its failure to resolve the ongoing strike of truck operators in Darlaghat in Solan district, Himachal Pradesh unit of CPI(Marxist) today demanded government’s immediate intervention to end the prevailing impasse between the striking truckers and Ambuja Cement Plant management.

A communique released by CPIM state secretariat member Tikender Singh Panwar said that since October 5, 2010 all the truck operators are on strike demanding an increase in freight charges. There have been no serious initiatives on the part of the BJP government to intervene and ensure an amicable settlement. The CPIM has stated, the Ambuja cements which now is being owned by Holcim Cements, is continuing with its production from the other units in different parts of the county.

“Deliberately, the company is buying time to break the patience of the operators, especially the small ones, so that it can dictate its own terms for the agreement,” he alleged. The CPIM has stated, “The freight formula needs to be rationalized so that the people who have lost their land for cement production can continue with their subsistence. The company intends to get rid of the truck operators and bring big operators with large trawlers, which only a few can afford.”

“It is indeed shocking that another cement plant being owned by JP in the same district provides Rs 653 per tonne freight whereas with Ambuja it is just Rs 478. The CPIM has learnt that in this period of last one month, more than 3000 trucks have come to a halt. More than Rs 1 crore has been lost in this period to which both the government and the Ambuja cements owes an explanation,” the statement says.

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