Mrunal Manmay Dash

In an important decision, the Chief Secretary of Odisha, Pradeep Jena on Thursday assured the drivers’ association, which has been protesting for 2 days, to resolve their issues within three months.

The announcement came after a meeting between the Chief Secretary and the representatives of the Drivers’ Mahasangh.

“The government held a meeting with the drivers association at the Secretariat. The government is aware of their demands and is considering them positively. We have decided to consider their demands as much as possible within three months of time,” said Jena.

Khordha district Secretary of Odisha Drivers Mahasangh, Babula Tripathy said, “We have been assured verbally in the past which did not yield any results. But this time the government has assured us in writing to resolve our demands.”

“They have assured us to call a meeting on April 15 and try to resolve our problems within three months. However, I cannot decide on the withdrawal of strike because it was called by the State committee. I am hopeful that the Mahasangh will come up with a decision soon enough,” Tripathy added.

The strike launched by the Odisha drivers’ association entered the second day on Thursday. The agitating members have been staging a sit-in on the National Highway at several places in the State. Because of this, the trucks from other states have been stranded for two days.