Workers and Supporters of All India Road Transport Workers Federation organized a rally from CITU Office located at Melarmath Office Lane Agartala.
The rally traveled various streets of the capital Agartala and ended in front of the office of the Department of Transport.
From there, a delegation went to the Transport Commissioner’s office and placed a deputation to the Commissioner.
CITU Tripura State President Manik Dey informed that the deputation to the Transport Commissioner was as part of the all-India programme.
He also said:
Under the Narendra Modi-led government, the livelihood of over 10 crore transport workers in the country is under threat, their wages have declined and they are being subjected to police brutality. The biggest issue is that the wages of these transport workers have not yet been determined at the national level. Like the entire country, Tripura state is going through some kind of anarchy.
After the establishment of the BJP-led government, out of three lakh transport workers, 50 to 60 thousand workers have become unemployed in the state. The main reason is that people have no income.
CITU state president Manik Dey said deputation to the transport department on Saturday was as part of All India Road Transport Workers Federation’s Nationwide program to overcome this situation.
Manik Dey further complained about the organized program. He also said that even though people’s income has decreased, the government continues to increase taxes at a huge rate. The biggest issue is that the manner in which the workers are being fined, it shows that the government is financially strapped.
But he questioned how long it will take to reduce the burden on the transport workers. He further alleged that after the Left Front government was ousted from power, this government did not purchase even TRTC bus and urban bus.
He said that the government cannot avoid the responsibility of the public transport system in this way.
CITU State General Secretary Shankar Prasad Dutta and others were also present in the organized programme