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HC order in favour of PLTWFI
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 1:30 AM IST
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Guwahati High Court, Kohima Bench on June 10 last has passed an order in favour of Nagaland unit of Petroleum and Land Transport Workers Federation of India (PLTWFI), permitting the petitioner to collect registration fee as per the bye-law of PLTWFI till the “returnable date” in accordance with its earlier order. According to the Court order made available to the press by PLTWFI state unit, the learned counsel had submitted a petition before the Court seeking for consideration pertaining to impugned notification by the government that had halted the activities of the federation. Meanwhile, the Petroleum and Land Transport Workers Federation of India (PLTWFI) and Coordination Committee of Drivers and Motors Workers Unions of North Eastern States (CCDMWUNES) concerned with obstruction caused by state law enforcing agencies on PLTWFI convened a coordination meeting July 5 in Guwahati and emerged with Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two trade unions. PLTWFI state unit president Tiakaba Ao and secretary Wilson Kent, in a release asserted that despite the fact that PLTWFI is a full fledged registered union under the Trade Union Act, the law enforcing agencies obstructed the normal functioning of the union in the Nagaland. A copy of MoU, which was appended with the statement, stated Nagaland was the only state in India with highest degree of extortion, illegal taxes, excess taxes, bogus union collection. It stated that loaded trucks had to pay Rs. 40,000 to 50,000 per trip to enter Nagaland and Manipur along NH-36, 39 and 61. With nearly 100 to 150 trucks entering Nagaland and Manipur per day, the amount collected was amounted to Rs. 40 to 75 lakhs, it added. Taking note of all the activities, the two unions entered into a MoU that all trucks entering through Assam and from Assam to Nagaland to pay daily “welfare service fund” per trip, and in return the PLTWFI unit should provide “A to Z” welfare services to drivers and handymen. It also agreed that such welfare services should be provided through information sub-centre offices to be located near highways for the convenience of the truckers, who can not visit offices inside the city with entry limits in all places.

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