April 24, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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Auto, taxi, cab and private buses to stay off the road on July 27 in protest against Shakti scheme

Private vehicles owner association has called for strike on July 27

BENGALURU, July 22: Registering a strong protest against the state government’s Shakti Yojana/scheme, private bus, taxi and auto organizations /associations given a call for bandh on July 27 demanding to implement their various demands.

Due to the shakti scheme – free bus travel for women across the including the BMTC and basic KSRTC buses, the private bus owners and staff feel that they are left in lurch as their business has hit rock bottom. They are also upset as the stage government has failed to take appropriate measures to ensure that their earnings are not affected.

Auto rickshaws are not getting regular customers and the drivers have found it difficult to lead their lives. Even the private bus, taxi organizations are facing the same plight. Hence they have decided to go on bandh on July 27.

As many as 25 organizations including auto, cab, taxi, Ola, Uber and private bus, lorry, freight transport vehicles expressed their solidarity to join the bandh. Presidents such as Gandasi Sadananda Swami Narayanaswamy, Nataraja Sharma, Radhakrishna Holla, Raghu Narayanagowda, M. More than 25 associations of drivers and owners, including Manjunath, will participate in the massive protest.

The protesters have announced in the press conference that from 12 midnight on July 26th July to 12 midnight on 27th, Ola, Uber, Auto Cab and private bus, lorry and all types of goods vehicles have decided to stay off the road. Shakti scheme has financially weakened the private transport owners and drivers, charged Mr. Gandasi Sadananda Swamy.

The Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Associations has decided to draw the attention of the government by holding a massive rally from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station to Freedom Park on 27th at 11 am.

Demands:

Whiteboard vehicles should be banned from driving on hire in violation of rules and strict action should be taken against them.

Financial assistance should be extended for school-college going children of drivers.

Fresh guidelines should be implemented to ensure only needy and financially weaker section are allowed to travel free across the state under Shakti scheme.

Tax burden should be reduced for tourist and contract carriage buses.

Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber and Red Bus, which are charging more than five percent commission, should be banned.

Housing schemes should be allowed for drivers are some of the demands.

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