GUWAHATI: In response to the call of All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation, the Sodou Asom Garhichalak Santha, the small vehicle operators of eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday staged a protest in the district headquarter demanding pandemic relief for work lost motor workers.
Besides demanding pandemic relief, the protesters also demanded immediate removal of tollgates on the national highway, control price hike of petrol and diesel.
Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), ASSAM general secretary Tapan Sarma alleged that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, distress seven workers had been compelled to commit suicide. “Among them, four were motor workers,” Sarma said.
He said, “The BJP government in centre as well as in state must take responsibility for these suicidal incidents as they have measurably failed to help the job lost people during this pandemic situation.”
Sarma also strongly demanded to pay at least Rs.7500 to every registered motor workers of the state to rehabilitate the individual motor workers and their respective families.