Commercial vehicle operators in Meghalaya have threatened that they’d go for an indefinite hunger strike if the state authorities selected to show a deaf ear on their demand for lowering the costs of petrol and diesel. This determination was taken at a gathering of the Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicle (MJACCV) held right here on Saturday.
A 48-hour statewide agitation was additionally introduced to be held on February 15.
“If the government continues to be adamant in its attitude even after February 15, we will have no other option but to go for an indefinite hunger strike in front of the secretariat,” chairman of the MJACCV Wandonbok Jyrwa advised reporters after the assembly.
Commercial automobiles have remained off the street from February 3, to protest towards the rising petrol and diesel costs.
“We demand that the government immediately reduce the prices of petrol and diesel as this would eventually address the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, which has affected the common man to a larger extent,” Jyrwa stated.
“Our demand is not for hiking the passenger fare but for revising the passenger fare in case the government is hesitant to reduce the petrol and diesel prices. Apart from this, we also want a 50 per cent reduction in the vehicle taxes during the COVID-19 lockdown period,” he added.
The state authorities had earlier this week diminished tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre.
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