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State Assures Drivers

Bhubaneswar: Appealing the agitating drivers to call off their ongoing state-wide protest, the State Government has assured the drivers to fulfil their demands within three months.

A meeting was held with the representatives of the Drivers Association under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena here this evening. Senior BJD Lawmaker Pranab Prakash Das also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, it was unanimously decided that the State Government will fulfil the demands of the Drivers Ekata Mahasangha.

“The State Government held a meeting with the Drivers Ekata Mahasangha today and the Government is concerned about their demands and considering those. It was decided in the meeting that the Government will consider fulfilling their demands in three months,” the Chief Secretary said.    

On behalf of the Drivers Ekata Mahasangha, Khurda district unit officer bearers attended the meeting.

Babula Tripathy, General Secretary, Khurda district unit of Drivers Ekata Mahasangha said they have received a letter from the Chief Secretary and inform his state unit leaders to take final call on their protest.

Notably, over 2 lakh drivers have been agitating across the State since yesterday over their 10-point demands. They are demanding pension, insurance, death benefits, toilet, welfare fund and social security.  

Meanwhile, the agitation turned violence in Berhampur when the drivers face-off with police personnel. At least six police officials sustained serious injuries in the attack by drivers. Later, police resort to mild lathicharge to disperse the mob.