AIMTC renews appeal to Maharashtra govt to to abolish state checkposts

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has renewed its appeal to the Maharashtra government to abolish state checkposts, a move they argue would streamline transportation services and reduce operational costs.

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AIMTC renews appeal to Maharashtra govt to to abolish state checkposts

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has renewed its appeal to the Maharashtra government to abolish state checkposts, a move they argue would streamline transportation services and reduce operational costs.

This request comes in the wake of similar actions taken by other states, notably Madhya Pradesh, where the removal of checkposts has reportedly led to improvements in logistics efficiency.

Bal Malkit Singh, Chairman of the Core Committee and Former President of AIMTC, expressed concern over the lack of progress on this issue. "We've been in discussions with the Maharashtra state government for the past two years," Singh stated. "The persistence of these checkposts continues to impact the smooth flow of goods and services."

The call for removal of checkposts gained momentum following the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2017. The unified tax system was designed to create a single national market, potentially reducing the need for multiple checkpoints. While this led to the removal of many checkposts across India, some states, including Maharashtra, have maintained theirs.

Critics argue that these checkposts can sometimes become bottlenecks, leading to delays and increased costs for transporters. There have also been concerns about the potential for misuse, though specific instances were not detailed by the AIMTC. Over the years, checkposts have developed an unsavory reputation as points of extortion by unscrupulous officials.

To emphasize its stance, the AIMTC has scheduled a Managing Committee meeting on July 9, 2024, to discuss potential next steps. "We remain hopeful that the Maharashtra government will take positive action to address this long-standing issue," Singh added.

The AIMTC, which represents a significant portion of India's road transport industry, plays a crucial role in the nation's supply chain. Any major disruption in transportation services could have broader implications for businesses and consumers in the state.

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