Auto, DTC unions plan hunger strike

The DTC union and autorickshaw drivers have threatened to go on a hunger strike over issues like hike in fare, stripping police of its power to fine autorickshaw drivers and regularisation of 14,000 contractual jobs in the DTC.

A day before the AAP-led government assumed power, Kejriwal had promised autorickshaw drivers that he would approach the Centre for a rollback of CNG prices. The Centre, however, recently said it could not do so.

The transport department said it was exploring other legal options. “The government should provide subsidy, if they can’t reduce the CNG prices,” said Rajender Soni, vice-president of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh. “We had pledged our support to the government,” he added, pointing out that the Kejriwal government was far from fulfilling promises made in the manifesto.

He said Kejriwal, in a meeting with auto drivers a day after the CNG prices went up by Rs 4.50, had promised to abolish penal section 66/192 (A) of the Motor Vehicles Act, which gives power to the Delhi Traffic Police to confiscate vehicles. There are 1,000 auto stands in the city. 

“It should be the responsibility of the transport department to fine autorickshaw drivers for any non-compliance,” said Soni.

He alleged that the Delhi Traffic Police have abused section 66/192 (A).

He said the union was planning a strike on February 3. 

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