A road in Shillong wears a deserted look on Monday.

Normal life was severely hit in Meghalaya on Monday as buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws went off roads.

Though markets, as well as financial institutions and government offices, were opened, there were not many people in the markets even as government offices recorded thin attendance.

A number of people walked for kilometres to reach their destinations as there was no public transport on the road except few government buses.

Some private vehicles were also seen plying on the roads but ferried mainly people who attended marriage receptions, and those who visit the bereaved families.

Vehicles ferrying people to marriage receptions displayed balloons, while those who went to attended funerals displayed black flags.

The Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles (MJACCV) has been on an indefinite strike since February 3 in support of their various demands.

The demands of MJACCV include reduction of the tax on petrol and diesel, waiving off some amount of taxes like road tax, passenger tax and other taxes imposed on commercial vehicles during the lockdown and COVID-19 last year.

The Meghalaya government had on February 7, announced the cutting of the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre.

Earlier, the Meghalaya government had imposed a tax of Rs 17.60 per litre on petrol and Rs 12.50 per litre on diesel.

However, the commercial vehicle owners and drivers refused to budge and continued with the road blockade on February 15.

The agitation has affected various districts in the Khasi and Jaiñtia region of the state.

So far, no talks were held between the state government and the agitating owners and drivers of commercial vehicles in order to break the deadlock.


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