State transporters lament government`s apathy

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IMPHAL, February 12: Food Corporation India continues to harass transporters from Manipur from the last week of August last year in a big way, stated Transporters and Drivers Council president Ranjit at a press meet at his office today.

He further said that the State government and the concerned minister has kept on neglecting the issue of the harassment being given to State transporters even after the TDC has reported and written about the problems to the government. If the government doesn`™t take any steps to help address the problems faced by the transporters, they will surrender their trucks to the FCI from April 1 until the government finds a solution for the problems, he added.

A team from the Drivers union is also going to give a written complaint to the Union Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan about the problems faced by the transporters, he said.

He also added that the State government should withdraw the tax for six months from the transporters plying on the Imphal-Jiribam route starting from October last year to March this year because the transporters have suffered a lot from various problems despite continuing with their work.

The concern minister and the Government should think about the transporters because they are the ones who bring in the essential items to the State, facing numerous hurdles for many years, he pleaded.

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