“We wanted to understand their concerns and are working to see that their movement is facilitated,” a transport ministry official told ET.
Transport associations have demanded that the government should help build confidence among drivers to come back to work and ensure this through publicity in the media, said a person present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, truck associations have also demanded that the government should extend Rs 25-50 lakh insurance to drivers affected by Covid-19. “We have received an in-principle approval from the government and we are expecting an announcement on the same any time now,” the person said.
ET reported on April 7 that only 10-15% of the 8 million truck fleet was operational at the moment, which has affected the movement of essential commodities.