Auto Union Leaders Urge State For Financial Aid

The Union leaders had earlier asked the state for a hike in minimum fare in the first meeting.

Auto Union Leaders Urge State For Financial Aid

With over 2 lakh positive cases, Maharashtra is the worst affected state amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown has had an adverse effect on auto and taxi drivers and the same was recently told by the Auto Union leaders in Mumbai. To further discuss on this, leaders of the union of auto-rickshaws and taxis held a video conference meeting, on Wednesday, with the transport task force with Maharashtra's Transport Minister, Anil Parab.

The leader of the Union, AL Quadros, stated that these times have been extremely difficult for the rickshaw and taxi drivers since the business has been down for the past few months. He further asked the state government to allow rickshaws and taxis to ferry all passengers as the government recently notified them to limit their driving services only to essential workers or medical emergencies and to not allow more than two people at a time in the vehicle.

Quadros said in the statement that they have urged the state to provide financial aid of ₹10,000 to the drivers every month. Besides this, the leaders have reportedly also made an appeal to release seized autos, waive off auto loans and to cancel e-challans during the lockdown.

Union leaders also held meeting, earlier last week, with an appeal to raise the minimum fair. The Kaali Peeli drivers want a minimum fare hike from ₹22 to ₹25, while rickshaw drivers want a hike from ₹18 to ₹22.  

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