Goa taxi operators strike continues for second day

Jeannie Matthews
January 20, 2018

"The strike will continue", said Vinayak Nanoskar, General Secretary, the North Goa Tourist Taxi Association.

The government of Goa on Friday warned taxi operators on strike that it would invite cab aggregators such as Uber and Ola to operate in the state if they did not withdraw their "illegal" protest by Saturday, IANS reported. "Our leaders have called us again tomorrow morning at 9:00 am, we shall decide upon the next course of action only then", said one of the taxi owner who operates from Dabolim Airport. State-run Kadamba Transport Corporation has kept its fleet of buses ready for convenience of passengers.

The transport minister claimed that the state government had taken a "strong view" of the strike and those taxi operators whose services had been hired by various government departments for officials or official work and did not report for duty. There are 20,000 taxis in the state, do all of these get into accidents?

A leading association of private buses has threatened to join the stir from Monday in support of the agitating taxi operators. They also alleged that they were harassed by the Transport Department and police. "If they don?t ply their vehicles, I cant force them to bring it on the roads", he said.

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Town and Country Minister Vijai Sardesai, Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, Housing Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo met the striking taxi operators and attempted to resolve the issue but the protesters did not allow them to address the gathering.

Parrikar said the government has not received any formal communication from the taxi operators about their demands. "Whatever I understand is that their demand can not be accepted as per the law", Parrikar said.

"There are 4,500 taxi operators who have already installed speed governors in their vehicles and are eligible for getting fitness certificates", he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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