Gangtok, 29 May, 2012:
The Central Joint Action Committee of Local Taxi Drivers of Gangtok (CJAC) accompanied by the All Sikkim Truck Drivers Association (STDA) expressed their dissatisfaction on the hike of petrol prices by Rs 7.30 per litre with effect from Wednesday midnight here in Sikkim.
Addressing the press meet held in the capital, president CJAC, Chung Chung Bhutia said that since 2006 to 2010 we have been demanding the revision on the price chart to the Motor Vehicle department but our demands have remained unheard. “What we got was just 15% out of 50% what we demanded” said Bhutia and added that they have been looking for cooperation from the department.
The concerned department in the State should issue a revised chart when the petrol prices goes up but till date in different occasions they have been least bothered on this and the direct sufferers are the drivers. It has been hard for the drives to earn two meals a day said Bhutia. The traffic police on the other hand threaten us with penalty when we charge high price to the passengers. The price hike by Rs 7.30 is historical and unbearable if still the revision of the chart remains unsolved said Bhutia.
Bhutia was accompanied by the General Secretary, Lakpa Sherpa, Treasurer Karma Lachungpa and President STDA, Mingma Sherpa in the conference.
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