D Yadav, I Trucking News India I 29 June 2020
Truck Drivers are starting a campaign “Driver’s Life Matters” . Objective of the campaign is to get Covid protection from Government.
In this campaign Truck Driver to blow horn all across India at same time for a moment to get Truck Driver Health insurance as a Covid Protection.
Truck Driver are also Corona warrior:
In the time of Corona pandemic there is no opportunities for Truck Drivers to work from home, rather to keep the essential services like hospitals and other health related service running they have to work 24 x 7 in all the Covid impacted region. therefore truck driver need Truck Diver Health Insurance for their protection as other corona warriors.
Government has given health insurance protection for the wellbeing of doctors, health workers, sanitation laborers and security forces.
But trucking and transportation industries left on their own, the same Covid health insurance protection was not extended to truck drivers to counter the threat of pandemic among them.
Drivers Life Matters
To draw attention of Government towards truck driver health insurance protection from Government of India or Ministry of Road Transport bearing the truck driver insurance cost.
From Wednesday, 1st July 2020 truck drivers will begin a blow horn campaign named “Driver’s Life Matters” . It is going to be an across the country crusade requesting Covid protection for them.
Truck Driver will blow horns at the same time for one moment at 1 pm for multi week.
Demand from Government :
Despite the fact that a gathering of secretaries had thought of and suggested ex-gratia for truck drivers occupied with moving basic items during the lockdown, it didn’t see the light of the day.
“It’s a push to grab the eye of the administration which is very much aware of the administrations of truck drivers in the midst of hardship. Every single significant trucker and transporters associations have stretched out their help to this crusade,” said Girish Mirchandani, convener of Driver’s Life Matters.
Why not Truck Driver?:
He said while the administration gave protection spread to well-being and sanitation laborers, it was a slip by to keep truck drivers separate from the hazard spread ambit.
“Covid won’t end today or tomorrow. In spite of the fact that a cure might be found soon, controlling it to the destitute will be a since quite a while ago drawn procedure. Along these lines, our truck driver brethren will be presented to this pandemic for a significant stretch,” the association has written to ship serve, Nitin Gadkari while looking for the protection spread for drivers.