March 21, 2023


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BJP ignored demands of Drivers’ Community in the Budget

The aggrieved community will teach a lesson in the upcoming assembly polls, warns National Vehicle Drivers’ Association Prez Gandasi Sadananda Swamy

Bengaluru, Feb. 17: Driver community is one of the largest in the state and BJP government has ignored the them and has miserably failed to address the issues being faced by them, charged National Vehicle Drivers Association President Gandasi Sadananda Swamy.

Expressing his displeasure to the state budget presented by the Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai who also holds finance portfolio, Swamy said that the association had submitted a memorandum to constitute a board for the welfare of private vehicles drivers and adequate educational facility for children of drivers but the same has been ignored.

Keeping the transport sector in mind and to provide a new dimension to the transport industry by the prime minister Narendra Modi by implementing Gati Shakti project. But the state government is working contrary to the Union government’s project, he alleged.

When the entire community went behind the doors, it is the drivers’ community which did not care for their lives during the covid situation and struggled to ensure that the country is on the move. They ensured that the state did not become stagnant. But the same community has been ignored leaving them crippled, he said and added that the transport minister Sriramulu has failed to understand the issues and problems faced by the drivers’ community.

It may be recalled that during HD Kumaraswamy tenure as Chief Minister he had announced and had announced Drivers’ Day. And 10 best drivers were choses in each of the districts as the Sarathi Number One along with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000. The same had been announced in the budget.

The ruling BJP has ignored the drivers’ community after it came to power. The association had fought against the private cab aggregators who are not user or commuter friendly. It was also urged for an exclusive aggregator app by the government. Unfortunately, the government has failed to announce any welfare measures for the drivers.

The drivers’ community will teach an appropriate lesson in the upcoming assembly polls, warned Swamy.

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