Manoj Kumar Jena

With the Odisha Drivers’ Mahasangha joining the all India ‘Quit Steering Wheel’ movement called by truck drivers over the new Hit and Run law, various services have been affected in Odisha as the protest entered its third day on Saturday.

According to sources, the Odisha State Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited (OMFED) service has been hit by the protest as they are unable to transport milk to the market due to the drivers’ protest. 

Around 70 thousand litres of milk were unable to make it out of the dairy plant to districts of Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar and Keonjhar as a result of the protest. 

Likewise, the impact of the strike is also seen in Cuttack’s Netaji Bus Terminal. As the drivers are involved in the strike, the bus services are affected. As a result, the passengers are facing problems. 

Due to the ongoing drivers’ strike, Odisha government’s Mo Bus public transport service is seeing a huge rush of passengers. 

Sundargarh district is also witnessing the impact of drivers’ strike, as many services in the district are affected too. 

“We are raising our voice against the newly formed rule by the central and state government. We will peacefully stage protest until our demands are fulfilled,” said President of Odisha Driver Association Prashant Menduli.

Meanwhile, Transport Commissioner Amitabh Thakur announced that the 'Quit steering wheel' protest has been called off in the state. Thakur said that the government had a discussion with the drivers’ association and addressed their demands following which the association has called off the protest. The drivers’ association is having discussion with the Central Government.

However, the drivers' association said the protest will continue. "We held a discussion with the state government on two issues of which one issue has been addressed. No decision has been taken on the Centre's new rule. Therefore, our protest will continue," said association member Aditya Behera.