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The tranporter's strike that entered the third day has resulted in skyrockieting of prices of all essential commodities besides petrol and diesel. Nearly 20,000 members of the crew of all transporting lorries excluding water, milk and medicine carriers have been on strike in response to the call given by All India Motor Transport Congress since the midnight of Sunday. Though, there had been no direct impact of the strike on the prices of petrol and diesel till last night, an increase in the prices of these products was observed in some urban and rural areas.

In Visakhapatnam, traders of essential commodities like rice, onions and oil hoarded the stocks of essential goods . The price of a 100 kg rice bag shot up from Rs.150 to Rs.250 and of onions by Rs.5 a kilo. Visakhapatnam Lorry Operators Welfare Association said that they decided to intensify the strike due to the indifference of the government and reluctance to hold further talks. In Srikakulam district, nearly 5,000 lorry employees are on strike.

Workers of nearly 2,000 lorries halted their vehicles on either side of the NH 5 at the Itchapuram check post, 150 kilometers away from Srikakulam. In Vizianagaram district, dealers increased the rates of the essential commodities. While the crew of a lorry used to get Rs.150 to Rs.200 a day as wages before the strike now they could not find any job.

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