Days after the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a total of Rs 5,476 crores financial aid for several beneficiaries which include vendors, auto-rickshaw drivers, house helps, construction workers, etc, auto rickshaw drivers’ union leader said that this kind of assistance is an insult.
While announcing stricter lockdown-like restrictions on Tuesday, Thackeray said that Rs 1,500 each will be given to 12 lakh rickshaw owners with valid permits. The financial assistance will be limited to a month and will be one-time.
The leader of the biggest union, Mumbai’s Auto rickshaw men’s Union said that the relief package provided by the government comes to Rs 100 per day, which is a pittance and an insult to the auto rickshaw drivers, who serve society.
According to reports, nearly 4,000 autos have been confiscated for defaulting on repayments. Moreover, they also have warned that they will take to the streets as a part of agitation post-lockdown if their demands are not met.