Despite Ministry of Home Affairs attempts to ensure the free movement of essentials and goods, in many Indian states the situation is worsening on the ground. Experts from the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) -representing about 9.5 million truckers and entities- say that if the government fails to intervene, trucks will be off the roads.
Barely 30 per cent of the total trucks are on roads with the government allowing movement of goods, but if it fails to intervene into matter, days will be not far off when there will be shortage of drivers and essential supplies could be disrupted.
From fruits and vegetables worth Rs 90 mln (€1.08 mln) in 300 trucks spoiling, to exorbitant entry fees at some state borders, many truckers are a much-hassled bunch, despite the guidelines in place for transporters, with truckers’ groups cautioning of possible supply disruptions.
Instances are pouring in from Assam, Bihar, Punjab and Haryana among others as to how the drivers are subjected to torture and misbehaviour by transporters, according to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), which also said there would be supply disruptions if their “corona warriors” are subjected to such inhuman treatment.