A fortnight after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray introduced an financial package deal for rickshaw drivers to compensate for the lack of each day wages through the not too long ago enforced lockdown, a bulk of the state’s 7.5 lakh autorickshaw drivers are but to obtain the aid cash. The delay in fee is being attributed to the lack of the State Transport Division to place in place a system for distribution of the aid quantity that every allow holder is eligible to obtain. The Division, presently, doesn’t have the account particulars of all of the allow holders to allow the switch of the cash.
The Maharashtra authorities had in April introduced a Rs 107 crore package deal for the 7.5 lakh autorickshaw drivers beneath which every one in every of them would have gotten Rs 1500 as a aid. The aid was just for allow holder auto drivers, and taxi drivers weren’t included in it.
“The aid will probably be just for the allow holder autorickshaw drivers and for that, their checking account and Aadhaar card particulars are required, the information pertaining to which the division at present doesn’t have,” sources within the State Transport Division mentioned.
Officers are presently making an attempt to create an internet system whereby eligible allow holders can replenish their account and Aadhaar card particulars on-line. This technique is prone to grow to be purposeful within the subsequent couple of weeks. As soon as the allow holder’s particulars will probably be supplied, they are going to be linked with their account and after verification, inside three days, the cash will probably be deposited, officers mentioned.
Unions have, nonetheless, raised questions over the delay within the distribution of aid and acknowledged that many rickshaw drivers throughout the state are dealing with hardship as a consequence of lack of earnings.
“Firstly, the quantity ought to have been launched instantly in order that the drivers would have gotten some aid through the lockdown. However even after so many days, the cash has not come. The quantity can also be very much less and it’s not going to assist the drivers get well their losses which they incurred because of the lockdown. The Delhi authorities has for the second time introduced aid of Rs 5000 to all of the autos and rickshaw drivers,” Union Chief Shashan Rao mentioned.
Union chief Thampi Kurien mentioned, “Surviving on Rs 1500 just isn’t attainable in any respect. The auto drivers have a variety of bills, they should run their homes, pay EMIs and keep the automobile. This quantity just isn’t enough for them to even pay the parking fees in a metropolis like Mumbai for thus many days.”
He additional mentioned, “The state authorities had introduced the sum of Rs 1500 for 15 days however since they’ve prolonged the lockdown now for an additional 15 days, they need to double the aid too… There’s additionally no readability on whether or not the Authorities Decision on this regard (the introduced sum) has been handed or not.”
Avinash Dhakane, State Transport Commissioner, mentioned work on growing the portal is underway. “Will probably be developed within the subsequent two weeks. We enchantment to the auto drivers to hyperlink their financial institution accounts with their Aadhar card in order that the method will grow to be simple for them after the portal is began,” he mentioned.
“We’re taking all efforts that the method turns into simple for the allow holders,” he added.