Striking truckers begin talks with Sesa, CM goes tough

VISHANT VAZE, BICHOLIM | 06 January 2016 23:37 IST

Wheels of talks have started moving between the striking truck owners and Sesa Goa on the issue of transportation rates based on the formula suggested by the government.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in fact assured to provide full protection to the trucks, which agree to his formula and start the ore transportation.

He has proposed a three-slab formula  of Rs 9 per tonne per km for the first 10 kms, Rs 8.20 per tonne per km for the next 20 kms, and Rs 8 per tonne per km above 20 kms.

Though striking truck owners initially rejected the proposal while sticking to their demand of Rs 11.27 per tonne per km, they held talks today with Sesa Goa.

The All Goa Truck Association today met the Sesa Goa officials and even demanded to withdraw all the complaints filed against the striking truck owners.

“They have agreed to withdraw the police complaints and also provide us monthly statement of transportation”, said Nilkanth Gawas, president of AGTA, but did not disclose anything on transportation rates.

On the other hand, the Bicholim truck owners will meet the Sesa Goa officials tomorrow to discuss their demand.

Since distance from Bicholim mine to Sarmanos jetty is hardly 7 kilometres, they are demanding Rs 13 per tonne per km.

Meanwhile, Bicholim remained peaceful today as neither Sesa Goa trucks came on the road nor the striking truck owners.

Hundreds of Sesa Goa workers however had assembled at the Pilgao junction once again.

Bicholim police on the other hand today issued notices to the striking truckers as well as workers while warning them that road blockade would not be tolerated.  

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