New Delhi: A number of truck and transporters’ associations have collectively introduced that they are going to be protesting for per week starting July 1 to demand insurance coverage cowl for all truck drivers. The truck drivers, the associations say, will honk the horns of their automobiles for one minute at 1 pm day-after-day by means of the week, to symbolically register their protest and to demand that the federal government present every truck driver with insurance coverage cowl.
The associations argue that truck drivers are ‘corona warriors’ and face the specter of getting contaminated in performing their job, which entails transporting important items. They’ve written to minister of highway transport and highways Nitin Gadkari underneath the umbrella ‘Driver’s Life issues’.
“Sir, COVID will not be going to finish in the present day or tomorrow. Although a treatment could also be discovered quickly, administering to the needy going to be a long-drawn course of. So, our truck driver brethren are going to be uncovered to this pandemic for a really lengthy interval,” a portion of the letter reads.
It goes on to argue that truck drivers must also be supplied well being danger cowl within the mild of COVID-19, like healthcare professionals have been supplied. “Sir, you retain sustaining that transport is the spine of our economic system. But, this lapse of leaving truck drivers out of the danger cowl ambit is a thriller,” the letter signed by Girish Mirchandani, convenor of ‘Driver’s Life Issues’, says.
Now truck drivers throughout the nation will honk their horn at 1 pm day-after-day for per week beginning July 1, the letter notes, to register their protest.
The All India Transporters’ Welfare Affiliation (AITWA) will probably be supporting the weeklong initiative. Its chairman Pradeep Singhal advised The Wire that it had first identified to the federal government the necessity for insurance coverage cowl in March, a couple of days after the lockdown was imposed.
“However there was completely no progress. We even stated that we’ll share the fee. However nothing has occurred for 3 months,” he stated. “The federal government is just not listening.”
Singhal defined that even now, truck drivers are reluctant to return to work as a result of concern of getting contaminated. “Or their households don’t need them to hitch due to the danger of the virus. The drivers additionally concern what is going to occur to their households if one thing goes incorrect. That’s the reason it’s important that the drivers be supplied insurance coverage protection for some kind of safety,” he stated.
Singhal additionally stated that the truckers have requested the federal government to waive off highway tax, allow value and insurance coverage prices for 2 months. “The automobiles have been stranded for that interval. So why ought to truckers need to pay for tax, permits and insurance coverage when the vans weren’t used? However once more, the federal government has not finished something to offer aid.”
Even now, the AITWA estimates, the truck business is just working at about 60% of its full capability. “Solely about 60% of industries and factories have opened up. So, we aren’t at full demand stage,” Singhal stated.
There are about eight million vans within the nation and in accordance with the AITA about three million are nonetheless not in use as industrial exercise is but to return again to full capability.