Guwahati: A 24-hour Chaka Bandh has been called by the Assam Motor Workers' Association on January 27. The bandh is called in protest against the anti-labour policy of the government.
The bandh is also called to meet various demands. The Assam Motor Workers' Association has further demanded to withdraw the ban on the vehicles, which are to the interstate. They have also demanded and urged the concerned people to not harass the drivers by installing speed governor, airbag, camera etc in the vehicles which are plying to other states.
The association also took a stand for the Ola-Uber drivers, and have demanded that the authorities of Ola-Uber should decrease the percentage of commission from 26-30 per cent to 10 per cent.
In the second phase, the association will further stage a protest by calling for a 48-hour chakka bandh during the Assam assembly session. If the demands of the association are not fulfilled by the government, they will further go for 72-hours chakka bandh in the second and third phase.
Earlier in October last year, an indefinite strike was called by the All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA). The Chakka bandh was called to meet the demands of the city bus operators for a fare hike as the buses were operating with 50 per cent of passengers' capacity with the same fares as earlier. The Assam State Transport Corporation has allotted a total of 350 buses across the State to ply amid the Chakka bandh. Out of the total buses, a few are running in the city however, the numbers are too less for the convenience of all the commuters of the city. Thus, the daily commuters had a tough time despite the availability of ride-hailing platforms like Ola, Uber, and Rapido. City buses are the easiest and most comfortable way to travel for many.