Published: April 30, 2020 12:59:12 pm
Easing of lockdown curbs, choosing up of Rabi farming season and the prospects of extra intra-state movement appear to have perked up the personal items transport sector in Andhra Pradesh with about 30 per cent of the vehicles began rolling into the roads in the previous couple of days.
Truck operators, nevertheless, are sad that lorries carrying non-essential commodities are nonetheless not being permitted regardless of clear tips from the Centre. Following appreciable easing of restrictions in the continued nationwide lockdown, about 30 per cent of the vehicles have began providers and the federal government has pitched in with its half in offering security kits to the drivers.
Mostly important commodities, fruits and paddy are being carried each inside and out of doors the state. The AP authorities has began distributing about 30,000 ‘driver protection kits’, every containing three face masks, a pair of gloves, a sanitizer and two soaps to make sure hygiene of the motive force and the cleaner, based on Joint Transport Commissioner S A V Prasada Rao.
The kits have been being distributed to truck drivers in all of the districts of the state, he advised PTI.
“Right now mostly essential commodities and fruits are being transported even on inter-state routes. Within the state, paddy movement is high as harvesting of Rabi crop is picking up,” Rao mentioned.
But, truck operators in Andhra Pradesh see crimson as “many restrictions are still in place” and automobiles carrying non-essential commodities weren’t being allowed regardless of clear tips from the Centre allowing them.
“Truck operations are badly hampered as many restrictions are still in place though the Centre permitted movement of non-essential goods. We have taken up the issue with the state government and are hoping for a positive outcome,” AP Lorry Owners Association General Secretary Y V Easwara Rao mentioned.
The Union Home Ministry had on March 29 requested the states and Union territories to permit transportation of all items, with out distinction of important and non-essential, through the lockdown interval.
The whole provide chain of milk assortment and distribution, together with its packing supplies, groceries, hygiene merchandise corresponding to hand wash, soaps, oral care gadgets, disinfectants, battery cells and chargers are additionally allowed, the Home Ministry had mentioned final month.
Further, in Andhra Pradesh, the village volunteers have been telling the drivers that they’d be despatched to a authorities quarantine facility for 14 days in the event that they took up a visit, which is additional dissuading them from resuming work, Easwara Rao mentioned.
“This is deterring drivers from coming to work. As such we have a severe shortage of drivers of about 35 per cent and now they are scared to come out. We are unable to resume operations in such a scenario,” he mentioned.
In Kakinada, for example, about 100-odd lorries have been stranded as a result of drivers have been reluctant to attend work. Transport Principal Secretary M T Krishna Babu took up the difficulty with East Godavari district Collector Muralidhar Reddy to make sure the drivers weren’t put to any harassment.
“We are able to adjust to the federal government tips and guarantee testing of drivers for coronavirus,” Easwara Rao added. The lorry affiliation has additionally sought exemption of quarterly tax fee, however the state authorities solely agreed to defer it by three months.
“We are waiting for May 3, when the extended lockdown is supposed to end, for things to become clear. Even then, full-fledged truck operations will take some time to resume,” Easwara Rao mentioned.
The nation is underneath the second leg of the lockdown introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stem the unfold of coronavirus, and is scheduled to finish on May 3.
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