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Strike called off : Central Government delays New rules on Hit-and-Run cases following assurance to All India Motor Transport Congress

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NEW DELHI : In a significant development, the Home Secretary of the Central Government, during a meeting with the office bearers of the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) here, has assured that the final decision regarding the new rules on hit-and-run cases will be made only after thorough discussions with the All India Motor Congress. This commitment comes with the intention of addressing any flaws in the proposed rules before their implementation.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “We had a discussion with All India Motor Transport Congress representatives, govt want to say that the new rule has not been implemented yet, we all want to say that before implementing Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 106/2, we will have a discussion with All India Motor Transport Congress representatives and then only we will take a decision.”

In response to this assurance, Baba Shinde, President of the Maharashtra State Vehicle Drivers-Owners and Representatives Federation, announced that the scheduled drivers strike, which was set to commence tomorrow (3rd January), has been called off. The decision to delay the implementation of the new rules is seen as a positive step towards fostering open dialogue and cooperation between the government and the motor transport industry.

The proposed rules related to hit-and-run cases have been a subject of concern and discussion across the country. It had provision for 10 years imprisonment and Rs seven lakh fine. The assurance from the Home Secretary reflects a willingness to engage in constructive discussions with stakeholders before finalizing any regulations.

The All India Motor Transport Congress, representing a significant portion of the transport industry, welcomes the government’s commitment to consult and address potential flaws in the new rules. The decision to call off the strike indicates a temporary reprieve for commuters and the transportation sector, allowing for a more comprehensive and inclusive decision-making process.

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