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Iron ore lorry operators in Dakshina Kannada go on strike

Published by MAC on 2005-10-04
Source: Hindu Business Line ()

Iron ore lorry operators in Dakshina Kannada go on strike

Hindu Business Line

October 4 2005

RON ore lorry operators in Dakshina Kannada began an indefinite strike on Monday seeking higher rental from exporters for their vehicles.

Addressing lorry owners here on Monday evening, Mr G.R. Shanmukhappa, President of the Federation of Karnataka Lorry Owners and Agents Association, said that though there was increase in the prices of diesel and vehicle spare parts, rentals for iron ore lorries did not go up.

While the mine owners and exporters are getting good price for iron ore, the lorry operators transporting the commodity have been neglected. In spite of repeated requests by lorry owners, there is no increase in the lorry rentals.

The Government, which is collecting Rs 1,200 crore as road tax from lorry owners, has not given adequate importance for the maintenance of roads. Instead, lorry owners are being targeted for the poor conditions of roads. He urged the Government to improve the condition of roads in Dakshina Kannada.

Mr B. Shashikiran, President of D.K. Mines Lorry Owners Association, was present on the occasion.

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