Demanding an urgent economic package, drivers in Sumbal hold protest

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By CNS on 19/05/2020.

Demanding an urgent economic package, drivers in Sumbal hold protest

Babar Rather

Sumbal, May 19: Drivers Association Sumbal on Tuesday held a protest in the local sumo stand, demanding an urgent economic package for the transporters.

According to CNS the protesting drivers had assembled in the lawns of Sumo Stand in Sumbal Sub-division of North Kashmir’s Bandipora District and were raising slogans, demanding urgent special economic package from government, in view of losses suffered due to the lockdown by the transporters.

Protesting drivers while talking to news agency —CNS said that transport sector has been suffering immensely since last August and when it seemed that situation might improve the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown added more suffering and miseries to them.

They said,”Our business is at a complete halt for last more than eight months now”, adding that government should pay a heed towards them and look into their sufferings which they are undergoing and demanded immediate comprehensive relief package from the government for transporters of the valley.

One of the protester said, “I have not earned a single penny since last August, from the vehicle, which I have purchased after taking a loan,”

He said, “Now due to the lockdown of eight long months, neither I can pay my installments to the bank, nor am able to feed my family.

He further said, “Not only are me, but thousands of transporters going through the same situation as we have lost our livelihood”, he added.

Now we appeal government to save our livelihood and announce special comprehensive economic package in favour of transporters of the valley, said another protestor.

After protesting for a couple of hours the protesting drivers dispersed peacefully.