COIMBATORE: Members of Auto Tholilalar Sangam has demanded the State government to constitute a tripartite committee consisting of government representatives, passengers and members of trade unions to take decisions regarding auto fare revision.
“After constituting the committee, the auto fares should be revised by fixing Rs 30 as minimum charge and Rs 15 for additional kilometre. Last year, the State government revised the fares, fixing Rs 25 for first 1.8 km and Rs 12 for every additional kilometre. But the prices of all items skyrocketed in the last one year,” said V Kumar, deputy general secretary of CITU.
“The High Court has directed the State government to implement a mechanism to revise the fares periodically. However the government is making slow progress in this regard. Similarly it should also constitute a welfare board for auto drivers at the earliest,” said Kumar. He also urged the government to issue badges to all drivers including auto drivers.
“The Transport Department should relax the rules for issuing badges for auto drivers. Similarly, the police and transport department officials should also stop ill treating auto drivers,” said Kumar.
The Sangam also demanded Rs 1,000 as Deepavali bonus. “The Pondicherry government hiked bonus for unorganised sectors such as construction workers, auto drivers etc. this year. Similarly the Tamil Nadu government should provide Rs 1,000 as bonus for auto drivers,” he said.