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Shillong, Feb 1: The Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles (MJACCV) will go for an indefinite strike from Wednesday.

The MJACCV took this decision after the submission of various memorandums to the Government.

A delegation of the MJACCV on Monday met and submitted a memorandum before the Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong requesting the state government to address the issue.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that the state government will examine the points raised by the committee in its memorandum.

“I will also ask the transport department to work out what is the best possible way to ease this sudden hike in prices of petrol and diesel,” he said.

The committee chairperson Wandonbok Jyrwa told reporters that the delegation was not happy with the outcome of the meeting with the deputy chief minister since he could not give any assurances except to examine the demand put forth by the committee.

“Since he (Tynsong) did not give us any assurances, we are left with no option but to call for an indefinite strike from February 3,” he said while urging the commercial vehicle owners and drivers to cooperate with the decision of the committee.

The commercial vehicles in the state have suffered heavily due to coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown which has kept them off the road. In their memorandum, the committee said the state Government has imposed 100 percent tax adding up days on which they are restricted to ply. It may be mentioned that the odd-even system of vehicular movement is still operational in the state. The committee further expressed concern for the skyrocketing price of fuel including petrol and diesel.

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