Statewide motor strike in Kerala on Mar 2 against fuel price hike

March 02, 2021 | Updated 11:21 am

Statewide motor strike in Kerala on Mar 2 against fuel price hike

Various trade unions and owners’ associations in Kerala have called a 12-hour long statewide motor strike on March 2. As per visuals from Kochi, private buses are not plying on roads and some Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are seen carrying few passengers in the city. The protest has been called against the continuous rise in fuel prices and cooking gas.

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On February 26, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor in a tweet had said, “Symbolically pulled an auto-rickshaw in Thiruvananthapuram to protest extortionate fuel taxes & the failure of both Central & State governments to reduce their share of the loot. Over a hundred autos joined the protest under the auspices of ⁦INTUC.”

All trade unions in the state except BMS,  have pledged support to the 6 am to 6 pm called on by Kerala Motor Vyavasaya Samrakshana Samiti, which is an umbrella body of trade unions like Indian National Trade Union Congress,  All India Trade Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions and others.

After more than a 10-day rally, the fuel prices across India have reached Rs 100 per litre in many states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while it is recorded Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in Delhi. With crude trading close to $60 per barrel, the petrol and diesel prices have shot up from Rs 86.65 per litre for petrol to Rs 91.17 a litre while Diesel too rose from 76.83 per litre to Rs 81.47 a litre since February 5.

The cooking gas also saw an upward revision during February, the price went up again yesterday (March 1) by another Rs 25. The retail of non-subsidised LPG is Rs 819 per cylinder (14.2 kilograms) in Delhi. Earlier last month, the prices of LPG cylinders were hiked twice by Rs 25 and Rs 50 and now is retailing close to Rs 820 per cylinder in the national capital.