Bharat Bandh today: All you should know
New Delhi, Feb 26: The Confederation of All India Traders have called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday (February 26) in protest against the rising fuel prices, Goods and Services Tax, E-Bill etc. According to reports, All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) has extended support to the call for Bharat Bandh and will hold a chakka jam on February 26.
- Booking and movement of Bill-oriented goods will be hit.
- Sit-in protests will be held nationwide at 1,500 places.
- More than 30 lakh roads will be closed on Friday.
- Reports said All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) and Bhaichara All India Truck Operator Welfare Association (BAITOWA) will not take part in the strike.
- Private transport is likely to be hit as the transporters’ association (AITWA) have asked all transport companies to park their vehicles between 6am and 8pm as a symbolic protest.
- All commercial markets across the country will remain closed as over 40,000 traders’ associations are taking part in the bandh.
What are their demands?
- The last hike in the prices of petrol and diesel was on Tuesday when the fuels prices rose by Rs 35 litre each.
- Petrol costs Rs 90.93, diesel Rs 81.32 in Delhi.
- Police in Amravati stop commuters after a restriction was imposed due to an increase in Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. Transporters are joining the protest demanding scrapping of E-way bill laws and against fuel price rise. E-way bill is the permit that transporters have to carry while moving goods from one place to another.
Penalties for a truck carrying a consignment with an expired E-way bill, or with an erroneous E-way bill amount to 200 per cent of the tax value, or 100 per cent of the invoice value under Section 129 of CGST Act, 2017.