Though Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary had met representatives of various transport associations and urged them to call off their strike on Tuesday, All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) continues bus strike in Assam since last Monday demanding commercial freedom after COVID-19.
The strike was called on Monday demanding benefits to offset the losses they incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown and also demanding at least six months for the insurance that transporters have already paid. They also claimed that since most flights are operating on full capacity, buses too should also be allowed to function at full capacity. At present, the buses are operating with 50% of passengers’ capacity with the same fares as earlier. The owners have been critical of this.
The bandh has led to the non-functioning of the private buses travelling to different corners of the state. The indefinite bus strike called by All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) across the state has caused a lot of inconvenience to the common people of Assam.