Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 30:
The All Odisha Bus Owners’ Association (AOBOA) today called off its proposed state-wide strike from tomorrow after getting assurances from the state government that their demands are under active consideration.
The representatives of the state government had an hour-long meeting with the office bearers of the Association at the state secretariat here this morning where Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma participated in the meeting.
“The meeting discussed all the demands of the Association in detail. I have requested the members of the AOBOA to call off their proposed strike as its demands are under active consideration of the state government,” Transport Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi had said after the meeting.
The members, however, had said that they would take a call on this in their general council meeting scheduled at 2 pm today. The Association decided to withdraw from the indefinite state-wide stir after deliberations.
The government has assured to reconsider its decision to hike motor vehicle tax in the winter session of the state Assembly beginning tomorrow. Besides, the government will take a decision on the modality regarding jurisdiction of city buses within three months, a member of the AOBOA informed.
The Association had called for indefinite bandh from December 1 in protest against the proposed hike in motor vehicles tax and plying of city buses under JNRUM beyond city limits.
Notably, the government proposes to bring the amendment for hiking motor vehicles tax in the forthcoming winter session of the Odisha Assembly beginning tomorrow.