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Amarinder rules out revoking truck union ban

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister today refused to roll-back a recent decision to ban truck unions in Punjab, claiming that industries are "scared" of coming to the state because of these bodies.

The chief minister assured a delegation of various truck unions that their interests would be protected and their views taken into account before issuing a final notification, an official said.

Amarinder also tried to allay their fears that large truck operators from other states would take over businesses, saying all possible safeguards would be incorporated in the new industrial policy, the official added.

"The has taken the decision to ban the unions conscientiously in order to save the industry, transportation of food grains and, above all, strengthen the state's economy," the chief minister told mediapersons after casting his vote for the presidential at the state assembly.

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.

"The did not take any arbitrary decision and there were three judgments of the and Haryana High Court asking the state to take tangible steps for breaking the truck unions' monopoly in the larger good of the society," he added.

Truck operators have been protesting against the decision of the cabinet to ban goods carriage operators from forming cartels or unions in the state.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 16:28 IST