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Involvement of Government sought in fixing freight charges

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Representatives of lorry owners and agents meet Dharam Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge



SORTING OUT ISSUES: Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh discussing a point with Chief Secretary B.K. Das (right) while Transport Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a meeting with members of the Federation of Karnataka Lorry Owners and Agents Associa tions and officials in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

BANGALORE: Representatives of the Federation of Karnataka Lorry Owners and Agents Associations who met Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh here on Saturday has asked the Government to be involved in fixing revised freight charges.

Federation president G.R. Shanmugappa said they pointed out that reports of nearly 9,000 trucks carrying loads from mines are not correct, and not more than 2,000 trucks are carrying such loads. They wanted the Regional Transport Officers told to overlook slight variations the laden weight of lorries carrying ore from mines and to reduce the penalty for overloading to Rs. 100 a tonne. They wanted diesel brought under value added tax, replacing the existing taxes and cess.

The assurances given by the Chief Minister and Transport Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge have been acknowledged with gratitude, Mr. Shanmugappa said.

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