Punjab CM Amarinder Singh refuses to roll-back truck union ban

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

The Punjab government on Monday stated that it will review the provision of extension of retirement age for two years, over and above the age of 58 years, for government employees. "The matter is being reviewed and a policy decision would be taken only after detailed analysis of the implications of any change with regard to the existing policy", Amarinder said.

The government would ensure that no small truck owner is harmed or loses money as a result of the policy change, said the chief minister, while categorically rejecting a demand for withdrawing the decision to ban truck unions in the state.

Capt Amarinder added that the final report on debt waiver by the expert committee headed by Dr. T Haq was awaited to enable the government to take a holistic view of the problem and find ways and means to implement farm debt waiver in right earnest. The chief minister also said all complaints of the truck drivers would be addressed by the sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs), but said there could be no rollback of the decision to abolish the unions as it was "in line" with several judicial verdicts.

Earlier, talking to mediapersons after casting his votes for the presidential elections, the Chief Minister said the government had taken the decision to ban the unions conscientiously in order to save the industry, transportation of food grains and, above all, to strengthen Punjab's economy.

This decision, if implemented is expected to have lasting effect on the number of employed personnel in the state of Punjab.

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