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IMPHAL | Sept 26 : The state government has issued a dictate that all private transport vehicles should continue to ferry passengers during the 48 hour general strike called by the different student unions and other civil organisations.
A notice in this effect by Transport commissioner M Laksmikumar Singh issued on September 25 mentioned that the 48 hour general strike will adversely affect public mobility. It said that route permits have been issued by the State Transport department under section 66,71 and 74 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 for operation of public transport.
It cautioned that if the private transport vehicles like autos, winger, buses fail to operate and deprive the public of transport for which permits have been issued during the general strike period, stringent action will be taken up by the Transport department authority including suspension and cancellation of permits under section 86 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. It further said that all public and private transport should continue service during the bandh.
This is the first time that any government has issued a warning to transporters to brave arson and injury during a presumably strong agitation. It may be mentioned that World Tourism Day is being held at Marjing Polo Complex, Heingang and organised by Tourism department.
The chief secretary, J Suresh Babu has also issued notification that all government employees of should attend office during the 48 hour bandh.~IFP