BANGALORE: Around 500 auto drivers belonging to the Adarsha Auto Taxi Drivers Union will gather in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office on Tuesday to submit a memorandum of demands including a hike in fares.
“We are asking for a hike in fares to atleast `12.24 per kilometer. We will be submitting our demands to the Deputy Commissioner tomorrow,” said N Manjunath, President, Adarsha Auto Taxi Drivers Union.
The union is also demanding that housing schemes and Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards be made available for auto drivers in the city. Also in the list is restarting of Direct Loan Scheme which was being provided to auto drivers by the SC/ST Development Board and other government bodies.
Sources in the union said that they were ready to negotiate the fare hike and that a figure of `10.24 was acceptable. “If they do not act on our demands by February 28, we will go on strike,” added Manjunath.