Strike by Mizo commercial vehicles called off

Aizawl, 23 May (PTI): The ‘indefinite strike’ by Mizoram’s Commercial Vehicles Joint Action Committee (CVJAC) since 5 a.m. on May 18 was called off on Saturday night.

The strike was called off after a meeting of the CVJAC leaders and State Home Minister R. Lalzirliana at the latter’s residence where it was agreed that the CVJAC leaders would hold talks with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Transport Minister John Rotluangliana after their return from Delhi.

The State government unconditionally released 41 CVJAC volunteers arrested on Saturday and withdrew its decision to suspend over 30 permits of the agitating commercial vehicle owners.

The commercial vehicles’ body, which included cabs, maxi-cabs, city buses and public carriers (trucks), had called for a strike over a series of demands, including payment of lifetime road tax by instalments, hike in city bus fare and permission for replacement of taxis.

The public bore the brunt of the strike which caused acute shortage of essential commodities including oil and cooking gas and vegetables resulting in the prices sky-rocketing.
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