Hyderabad: Telangana Auto Drivers’ Joint Action Committee on Sunday appealed to the auto drivers to participate in the auto bandh from midnight of May 30 demanding hike in auto fare in tune with the increased fuel prices.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Sunday, the TADJAC convenor, Mr Mohd Amanullah Khan, said that the income of auto drivers has come down leaving an impact on their livelihood due to non-revision of auto fare in tune with the hiked diesel and petrol prices. He demanded that the minimum auto charge should be hiked to Rs 20 from Rs 14 and increase from Rs 10 to 20 per kilometer afterwards.
Mr Khan said that sealing of meters of autosv should also be stopped immediately until further increase of auto fares. Reminding that sealing of meters with the current rate would cause Rs 1,000 burden on the auto drivers, he demanded that the department stop the process immediately in view of their demand for hike of minimum fare to Rs 20 due to recent fuel price hike, he added.
Mr Khan also demanded cancellation of e-Challan system, which was launched targeting the auto drivers. The government also has responsibility to find a permanent solution to the problem of auto parking in the city. In addition to this, the plying of sharing autos should be banned in the twin cities, he added.
Mr Amanullah Khan regretted that the assurance of the Transport Minister, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, for setting up of Auto Drivers Welfare Board was not implemented yet. (NSS)