Nationwide transport strike disrupts normal life across Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Normal life was disrupted here today due to the strike called by All Odisha Transport Workers’ Federation across the state as a part of the 24-hour nationwide stir by transporters.

The transportation of goods and other essential commodities is also likely to get disrupted due to the strike.

Passengers and commuters suffered inconvenience as all public transport, including long distance buses and private cars, auto-rickshaws went off roads in Odisha in support of the call given by the federation against Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which seeks an amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, was cleared by the Lok Sabha recently.

If the amendment bill comes into force, the vehicle owners, drivers as well as the insurance companies will face serious losses, said the federation.

The 24-hour stir has been called by the All India Road Transport Workers Federation and different trade unions including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Labour Progressive Federation (LPF).

Notably, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is expected to be passed in the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session of Parliament. With clearing of the amendment bill, the manufacturers could be fined as much Rs 100 crore if their vehicles are found to be polluting the environment. The amendment empowers the Centre to make rules for regulating the recall of the motor vehicles that are declared unsafe to the environment.

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