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Traders, Transporters held protest in Anantnag aganist Levying Of Toll
Kachkoot Toll Plaza agitates commuters, transporters
5/8/2019 10:46:06 PM
Early Times Report
Anantnag, May 8: Traders and transporters on Wednesday staged a strong protest against administration's decision to impose toll tax on all types of vehicles plying on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The protesters under the banner of all traders and transporters joint coordination committee Anantnag termed the order on imposing the toll as "Shahi Farman" and demand rollback of the "harsh and anti-people step."
The toll is being collected by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at the toll Post at Chursoo, Sangam in Anantnag district.
The traders and transporters staged the protest demonstration outside the office of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, demanding that no toll tax shall be charged from common people who are already suffering from prolonged conflict and shattered economy.
The protesters comprising All Traders and Manufacturers Associ-ation Anantnag, Sumo Stand Union Janglat-mandi, Bus and Matador Associations submitted a joint memorandum before Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, demanding an immediate rollback of the order to levy toll tax on passengers.
They said that the exemption of the tax from the people living within 20 kilometers radius is futile and all people from Jammu and Kashmir should be excluded from the purview of Toll imposition.
"Laws, Regulations in a welfare state need to orient round social welfare, more so, when state be tormented by what not," reads the memorandum.
They said most people here belong to downtrodden environs and were shocked on hearing heavy toll duty on a routine basis.
"We register our strong protest against the harsh anti-people step from the government and do appeal here to withdraw this heavy toll traffic as such moves will have a tremendous impact on trade and commerce and shall be revoked immediately," memorandum reads, continuing: "We are already facing tremendous hardships for various accounts. we have to pay loans, taxes and other expenses and this move is simply adding more burden on us which we may not cope with."
They said the toll tax shall be collected from outsiders, heavy vehicles, tourists vehicles and not from local Kashmiri people as this will also increase the fare which will add to miseries of people particularly poor strata of the society.
"The order is nothing but anti-people and no government should resort to such anti-people measures", it said, adding "Representing the voice of the public against the barbaric "Shahi Farman", the one never born in a social welfare state. The government should scarp down it and as an emergent response district, Anantnag be exempted from this day toll tariff.
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