GUWAHATI: The 24-hour transport service strike slated on January 27 has been withdrawn on Tuesday after the state government assured the transport workers’ associations of Assam to resolve their issues. Earlier, announcing a series of protests (chakka bandh) demanding immediate implementation of the welfare scheme proposed by the Assam government for the private transport workers, at least 11 private transport workers’ associations of Assam had announced to observe a series of Chakka Bandh protests in the state starting from January 27.
The association leaders on Tuesday told the media, “The state government has asked us to withdraw our January 27 strike and promised to sit for a high-level discussion with us. Therefore, respecting their interest, we have decided to withdraw the 24-hour long strike on Wednesday.”
However, the transport association threatened to continue with their protests if the talk between the association and state government fails.
“If the state government doesn’t address our issues immediately then we will continue with our series of chakka bandhs as announced,” the members added.
It added that if their demands were not addressed then the operators will go for 48 hours Chakka Bandh on February 12 and 13 during the Assam Assembly session.
“If the state government continues to avoid our demands, there will be a 72 hours bandh from February 25 to February 27,” the association members said.
The transport operators added that despite a seven-month complete lockdown, no government aid was provided to the drivers and other workers of motor transport.
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