Arvind Kejriwal to now rally for rights of auto drivers

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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Mar 24, 2009
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    AK is looking like an idiot now rather than someone who is a "national leader" of the Aam Aadmi Party.


    NEW DELHI: After advising consumers not to pay power bills to protest against high tariffs, Arvind Kejriwal is looking to help autorickshaw drivers find a voice against the government and a better fare structure.

    Kejriwal, who will be part of a rally organized by Nyayabhoomi — a non-profit organization — says he will be addressing a broader perspective than just fare revision. "I realize the image of the autorickshaw driver is not good for most Delhiites, and that needs to change. But at the same time, they are also human beings and are reacting to a system that is unsympathetic to them. The government has to talk to them and address the issues, which are genuine," says Kejriwal.

    Kejriwal, who has been invited as chief guest, is hoping that the rally will help his party strike a chord with the autorickshaw drivers. "I am in politics and would like to be associated with everyone in the city. The fact is, it's bad governance that is responsible for the plight the autorickshaw drivers are in," he says.

    The rally, to be held at Ramlila grounds on Thursday, is part of a "movement", says Rakesh Agarwal of Nyayabhoomi. It is a chalak sabha which is part of the Auto Chalak Janata Ekta Andolan, Agarwal said, adding that the autorickshaw drivers want the government to step out of policy making and let the "real" stakeholders get involved. "The drivers and passengers have to decide on such issues," says the activist, claiming that a whole network and infrastructure is being built to support the "Andolan". "Together with Kejriwal, we shall speak on issues such as a permanent fare policy, illegal impounding of vehicles, corruption in the GPS and high security registration plates schemes, freedom from the finance mafia raj, etc. The intent is to create an honest, professional and hassle-free auto service whilst ensuring a life of dignity and financial security for the driver," adds Agarwal.

    The rally will be targeting one of the few measures that Delhi government has managed to implement — GPS in autorickshaws. "We are not against use of technology...but why is the government insisting on poor drivers buying the expensive GPS devices without getting its backend services in place? That is what we want to expose," says the Nyayabhoomi activist.

    Times View

    Buckling under pressure from the autorickshaw unions, Delhi government is contemplating hiking fares. However, most of the reforms promised during the last fare revision - like installation of GPS which would ensure going by meter - have not been implemented. In fact, the unions are now protesting against these measures. The government should not cave in and ensure that GPS is installed in all autorickshaws and an operational control centre that not only monitors GPS but also acts on complaints is set up without any delay. All drivers should be issued PSV badges. Only then should a fare hike be allowed, if at all.
  3. Coalmine

    Coalmine Regular Member

    Jan 14, 2013
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    also advise them to follow meters.
  4. GPM

    GPM Tihar Jail Banned

    Mar 5, 2011
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    They have usurped the right to refuse, to be rude and abusive and overcharge and fleece. What more will Kejriwal give them, I wonder?
  5. Bangalorean

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    Nov 28, 2010
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    Kejriwal has too many commie tendencies for his own good. It is a good thing that his "AAP" will not go anywhere near the seat of power anytime soon. He will be another chota-bhai of Mamata Bannerjee with his own version of "cholbe na, cholbe na" in convent-accented English.
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