Lorry owners, drivers affected by export ban

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Secretary of Lorry Welfare Association Dinesh Kumar said that they were unable to maintain payments on their lorries due to lack of income.

“We used to get Rs 1,100 per tonne of ore that we transported. Now, there is absolutely no business at all for these lorries. How are we supposed to make our payments?” he questioned. He claimed that 500 lorries had already been seized for defaulting on payment of  installments.

The plight of the families of drivers and cleaners is even worse with no other source of income for them. “Most of us are sons of farmers who moved to this area because of losses suffered in agriculture. Our future lies in these lorries and the Government has to consider our request,” Dinesh said.

The Association has requested the Government to allow the transport of iron ore from mines that have legal permits. Such an alternative arrangement would ease their suffering, the Association claimed. The Association is planning to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister.

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