The state government owes distributors, transporters and markets around Rs 2,000 crore owed to them. Truck operators have threatened to halt its services to the government if their dues are not paid before June 28.
Nearly 93,000 truck operators of 133 truck unions of Punjab and around 50,000 labourers were engaged for loading and unloading wheat.
“Majority of truck operators are small-time workers and belong to poor families having a truck or two that too bought on bank loans,” said Happy Sandhu, President of All Punjab Truck Operators Union (APTOU). He added that the government owed them when Rs 450 crore.
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Sources in the Punjab Mandi Board informed that even the market fee, running into several crores, are pending.
Punjab Agriculture minister Tota Singh , said that he was aware of the pending payments to the truckers, market committee and labourers. “The bills have been sent again to the government and they are hoping that they will get the funds soon,” said Tota Singh.