Odisha invokes ESMA ahead of truckers’ strike call

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), to ensure smooth transportation of goods in mineral districts ahead of indefinite strike call given by Tipper and Loader Association.

The strike is scheduled to begin from July 20.

It will remain in force for six months. If the truckers violate the order, action will be taken against them, a notification by the Home department said on Tuesday.

The notification stated further that the stir would incure heavy revenue loss to State as well as Centre.

Notably, the Tipper and Loader Association has given the bandh call in support of the nationwide strike by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AITMC) to protest against the gross apathy of the Centre towards its long-standing demands.

The AITMC is opposing the third-party premium and arbitrary toll collection policy.



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