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The Honourable Prime Minister announced on 12th May that the Government has come up with a Rs.20 lakh crores stimulus package for reviving India’s economy in the aftermath of the Corona Pandemic. The PM’s announcement has been followed by detailed policy releases by the Finance Minister targeted towards India’s MSME sector, India’s middle class, migrant workers and farmers.
However, as of yet, we are unable to spot any provision in the packages which might specially address problems of the Transportation Sector. It is important to mention at this point that some more announcements by the Finance Minister are expected in the next few days. For now, the relevant section for India’s Transporters might be the one concerning MSMEs, which seems to be common across all industries.
It has been well-documented how the lockdown period has been painfully tough for transporters and truck drivers. From truck drivers being left stranded without food or shelter to lack of clarity and coordination regarding truck-passes / inter-state movement / driver movements – the experience for transporters from the beginning of the first lockdown has been that of despair.
Just when industry demand seemed to have started reviving in the 3rd phase, the return of drivers along with migrant labourers back to their homes has compounded the problem of transporters. They have been urging the government throughout with various demands like:
- Separate relief package for Transporters
- Recognition of Transportation as Essential Service
- Concession on tolls during the Pandemic
- Recognition of Truck Drivers as highway heroes and a Covid Insurance for them
- Extension in validity of mandatory comprehensive motor insurance and licenses
With the above demands having hardly been met, transporter bodies are growing restless.
The prevailing discontent in the transport industry continues to grow and only a special economic package for Transporters might provide any relief or satisfaction to the community. WheelsEye requests you to send in your comments and thoughts on the present situation – please comment in the Comments Section below. You can also email us at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or WhatsApp us at 99714 00000.