GUWAHATI, Sept 14: Intervention by State Food & Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury has led to the suspension of the strike by the Northeast Packed LPG Transporters’ Association for two months after six days. The strike that began on September 9 has led to an acute LPG crisis in the region.
The development came after tripartite talks involving the minister, top officials of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and leaders of the LPG transporters’ association at Janata Bhawan on Friday. The meeting, presided over by the minister, yielded results with the LPG transporters agreeing to suspend their agitation for two months and the IOCL authorities agreeing to put on hold their tender process for transportation of LPG, which has already been issued, for two months. The State Government, on the other hand, has agreed to take up the grievances of the LPG transporters with the Central Government and IOCL authorities within two months. However, the solution to the problem is yet to be evolved and the three parties have decided to meet on November 20 this year again to iron out the differences between them.