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JAMMU, Apr 29: Shri Ram Sena (SRS) on Wednesday appealed to government to take care of livelihood of truckers and cleaners by immediately announcing relief package for the transport sector at par with Health Department sector.
The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown to contain its spread have led to their 24×7 duty of taking essential commodities supply in every nook and corner of country without least caring about their health and also without safety equipments just to manage the affairs of their families.
This was observed by Shri Ram Sena J&K President Rajiv Mahajan while distributing fruits among Truck drivers and their co-workers, here on Wednesday.
Mahajan further said that lakhs of Truckers with goods under non-essential categories are still stranded across India while goods worth crores are lying in vehicles in the absence of unloading mechanism as well as reluctance on part of Godowns.
“Owners and others seeking immediate rescue and relief package as the transport sector has already gone on “ventilator” and as much as crores of people are directly or indirectly dependent on it for livelihood,” added Mahajan.
“The strategic importance of the road transport sector cannot be under-estimated, which is amply demonstrated now while maintaining the continuity of the supply chain and ensuring that communities have access to food, medical care and other essential commodities. This sector is providing yeoman services akin to police, doctors and paramedics,” Mahajan said.
Mahajan said the health of the sector, which is pinned as the barometer of the economy, has in fact “deteriorated amid lockdown and in essence, it is on ventilator and is in dire need of oxygen to survive. All the transport segments, cargo and passenger, are under acute financial stress due to the coronavirus crisis.
Mahajan demanded social security for the people engaged in the supply chain including drivers, helpers, loaders, unloaders and other players of the supply chain under ESIC, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna or Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna.
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