Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Auto-rickshaw drivers' 72-hr strike from Aug 22 - Source LT

■ Crack appears in JAC, LBRDU
The auto-rickshaw drivers will stage the statewide 72-hour bandh from August 22 to press for their various demands. 
These auto drivers would transport passengers sporting black flags on their vehicles from Tuesday.
On August 22, they would stage demonstrations at the collectorate from 11 am to 3 pm, said joint action committee (JAC).
Meanwhile, Lal Bavta Rickshaw Drivers Union (LBRDU) has said that chief minister has assured them to form Rickshaw Drivers Welfare Council before Dipawali.
The LBRDU has said that MLA from Pune Mohan Joshi had raised the issue of rickshaw drivers in the legislative council.
Taking note of it, chief minister held a meeting with JAC of rickshaw drivers which was attended by LBRDU Maharashtra general secretary Nitin Pawar, secretary Ashfaq Salami.
"During the meet, CM also approved of 16-year longevity of the auto rickshaws in Mumbai and assured that he would consider the demands like relaxing condition of compulsory installation of electronic meter in the auto rickshaws and allow them to carry 10 school students. Hence, we would not participate in the statewide bandh," said Ashfaq Salami. 
JAC of the auto drivers have called the statewide bandh for various demands like stopping harassment by traffic police, to stop illegal transportation of passengers by company buses, action against such bus drivers, to fill the potholes on the roads, repairing of roads, permanent appointment at RTO, to stop auto rickshaws from outside districts and those having no licenses, start registration of auto rickshaws running on CNG, to stop transportation by scrap rickshaws, to start CNG pumps and install CCTV cameras at all windows in RTO. JAC's secretary Nisar Ahmed Khan said that the government is trying to thwart the statewide bandh by giving mere hollow assurances. Hence, all the associations of auto rickshaw drivers should not fall prey to the guile of the government.

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