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Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has urged the Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles (JACCV) to withdraw their indefinite strike even as he stated the revision of tariffs is not as “simple as they think”.
Tynsong informed that the rise and drop in petrol and diesel prices vary from time to time and demand for revision of the tariffs every time there is a hike in the petrol price is “not easy”.
“The petrol and diesel prices keep on fluctuating and details of the same need to be examined,” Tynsong said adding that as far as local and tourist taxis are concerned, the rates were enhanced just last year in the month of January.
Furthermore, he stated that a few days ago, the state government had lifted the odd-even system for public transport and restriction on capacity, paving the way for commercial vehicle drivers to carry full capacity.
“I am sure that with the decision of the government to lift the restrictions on movement and capacity, I think they (drivers) can arrange. I would request them to kindly withdraw their strike,” Tynsong said.
For commercial buses, the Deputy Chief Minister informed that the government will examine the matter to see if fare revision is required.
“We need to revisit the fares of commercial buses and we will examine it thoroughly,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the JACCV had called for an indefinite strike across the state with effect from February 3 in protest against fuel price hike and to demand a reduction in the taxes levied on petrol and diesel.
(Edited by Iban Mawrie)