Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 4:
The Odisha State Truck Owner’s Federation (OSTOF), which had threatened to go an indefinite, statewide strike from June 9, withdrew its decision today following an assurance by the state government to fulfil most of its demands at the earliest.
“Of the 11 demands of the Federation, the state government has agreed to fulfil most of the demands. After the Federation received a written assurance from the government yesterday, we had a meeting today where we decided to withdraw the stir,” said Rabi Satpathy, general secretary of the Association.
He said that the demand of the Association on revision of rent is under active consideration of the state government.
Prior to the announcement of withdrawal of the strike by the Association, Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Majhi had said he was hopeful that the Association would withdraw its decision as the state government has agreed to fulfil most of the demands.
It may be recalled that the Federation had announced a statewide agitation on May 20 this year in protest against the action of the Transport commissioner, who, in an order, had directed cancellation of fitness certificate, road permit and the registration certificate of a truck without any investigation in case of an accident.
Besides, it had also alleged harassment of the truck owners and drivers at inter-state border check gates and restrictions on the movement of trucks from the neighbouring states to Odisha.