Auto-Rickshaw Committee Threaten To Go On A Strike

Auto-rickshaw Chalak-Malak Sanghatana Sanyukt Kruti Samiti are demanding that there should be a ₹6 rise in the fare.

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The statewide action committee of auto-rickshaw unions, Auto-rickshaw Chalak-Malak Sanghatana Sanyukt Kruti Samiti has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July 9 if the government does not fulfil their demand of fare hike by a minimum ₹6 by June 30. 

The president of the committee, Shashank Rao held a meeting with the committee members in Goregaon where they decided to take this grave step if the government doesn't intervene and accept their demands. The current minimum fare for 1.5 km in auto rickshaw is ₹18, if their demands are accepted, the minimum fare will be revised to ₹24. 

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The other demands include setting up a welfare board for auto drivers under the control of the transport department and further arrangements for paying gratuity, Provident Fund (PF) and medical insurance to the auto drivers. 

Notably, the taxi union in Mumbai had demanded that the minimum fare should be ₹30 in January 2019. There are over 50,000 taxis and 2 lakh auto-rickshaws in Mumbai with over 9 lakh rickshaws in Maharashtra. 

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