A sweeping nationwide strike, initiated by the All India Motor Transport Congress in opposition to proposed traffic laws, has come to an end after government negotiations. The contentious laws, including a Rs.7 lakh fine and a 10-year jail term for hit-and-run incidents, triggered significant disruptions in states like Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Haryana.
Fuel distribution faced hindrances, particularly in areas where oil tanker drivers participated in the protest, raising concerns about potential shortages. The focal point of the strike was objection to severe penalties, with transport unions arguing against potential harassment of drivers.
Talks between the government and unions concluded with an agreement, leading to the resumption of transport services. The President of All India Motor Transport Congress, Amrit Lal Madan, announced that the 10-year punishment and fine would be on hold until the next meeting, urging truck drivers to return to work immediately.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla echoed the call for the All India Motor Transport Congress and all truck drivers to resume their duties. The government and transporters reached a consensus, signifying the end of the nationwide strike and the resumption of normalcy in the transport sector.