Theni Collector M. Pallavi Baldev said that the district administration has made alternative arrangements to mitigate the effects of the ongoing lorry strike.

After heading a meeting with senior officials in the district on the issue, the Collector said that officials have been asked to not stop the movement of essential commodities like milk, vegetables, and items meant for fair price shops that are being transported in mini-vans.

Free transport

Similarly, she said that people will be allowed to transport agricultural products free of cost in government buses while private operators have been asked not to demand extra money than the stipulated ticket fare.

Lorry owners, who took part in the meeting, said that the strike was inevitable due to the fuel price hike and the government’s reluctance to fulfil their legitimate demands.

The Collector assured to forward their demands to the government.

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