The announcement of free groceries and 5,000 rupees in cash assistance for taxi drivers in Delhi sparked a similar demand from rickshaw and taxi drivers in Bengaluru.
Shortly after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement on Tuesday, Karnataka driver associations urged the state government to introduce a similar program to help them weather the crisis.
G Sampath, secretary general of the Adarsh ââAuto and Taxi Drivers’ Association, said Karnataka should emulate Delhi. âUndeclared lockdown has plunged poor families into crisis. Drivers also face enormous risks when transporting passengers, âhe said and requested cash assistance of 5,000 rupees for each driver.
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Sampath stressed that access to help should be easy for drivers.
âUnnecessary barriers were erected last year. While the government announced the cash assistance for drivers of 7.75 lakh, only 2.9 lakh actually received it, âhe said.
Tanveer Pasha, president of the Ola Association, Taxi for Sure, Uber Owners ‘and Drivers’, said the government must “be aware of the crisis in the homes”. âThe government did not use the word ‘confinement’ so as not to have to pay compensation. But we need to look at the impact of these restrictions on the lives of people, especially those who depend on their daily income, âhe said and called for cash assistance for drivers and free rides for the poor. .