Truckers demand iron-ore transportation
Over 5,000 truck owners owing allegiance to the Keonjhar District Truck Owners` Association today today congregated at the district collector to protest the government decision to transport iron-ore only by goods trains. They pointed out that thousands of truck owners, including owners from outside the state, would be rendered jobless due to the faulty decision of the government. That apart, lakhs of other persons, involved in anciliary jobs, would become unemployed unless the government reconsiders the decision.
The secretary of the Keonjhar Truck Owners` Association, Pradip Barik told that the association would take the extreme step of staging rail roko in different parts of the district unless the government changes its decision by November 14. The district units of the BJP and Congress have rendered support to the striking truckers.