The truckers’ strike at the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border check post at Walayar demanding easier and faster passage of cargo vehicles entered the third day on Friday, even as the Kerala government invited the leaders of the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to a high-level meeting scheduled for Monday.The transporters made it clear to the Kerala government that the trucks will not ply till such time their demands are met.
The trucks carry a variety of consignments ranging from vegetables, textile and electronics across Walayar, the gateway to Kerala, every day. “Our demands must be met and till such time our strike will continue,” National Managing Committee member of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), N P Velu, told PTI.
Truckers association in other parts of Tamil Nadu like Namakkal and Salem vehicles destined to Kerala via Walayar was asked not to stop the vehicle at the border.The decision to participate in the talks was taken on Saturday, two days after the truckers here received a fax inviting them. However, they made it clear that the strike will be called off only if the talks were satisfactory. It was because they had withdrawn a similar strike in 2013 when the Kerala Chief Minister had promised to fulfil the same demands, which remain unfulfilled till date.