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‘Unprecedented’ CNG price hike, Delhi car and taxi drivers seek subsidy – The New Indian Express

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 12, 2022

By Express press service

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of rickshaw, cab and taxi drivers staged a protest at the Delhi secretariat on Monday demanding a subsidy on CNG. They threatened to go on an indefinite strike from April 18 if their demand was not met. The protest was held under the umbrella of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh.

Numerous auto-rickshaws, taxis and taxis were seen circulating on the city’s roads despite the call for protest. Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh’s general secretary, Rajendra Soni, says the “unprecedented” rise in the GNC rate has broken the backbone of auto and taxi drivers.

“CNG is now sold at a price above Rs 69 per kg, which is unprecedented. We demand that Governments (Central and State) provide a subsidy of Rs 35 per kg on CNG so that we can survive. We will strike indefinitely from April 18 if this demand is not met,” Soni said.

Soni said last week that his association had also written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to provide a subsidy of Rs 35 per kg on CNG, but the Chief Minister has not responded so far. “We cannot continue to use our cars and our taxis while suffering losses every day. This is a symbolic protest to oppose price hikes,” Soni said.

He said representatives of other auto and taxi unions such as Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union and All Delhi Auto Taxi Transporters Congress Union also attended the protest. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Chaudhary Anil Kumar joined the protest and called on Kejriwal to “rise above party lines” and help the drivers.

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of rickshaw, cab and taxi drivers staged a protest at the Delhi secretariat on Monday demanding a subsidy on CNG. They threatened to go on an indefinite strike from April 18 if their demand was not met. The protest was held under the umbrella of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh. Numerous auto-rickshaws, taxis and taxis were seen circulating on the city’s roads despite the call for protest. Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh’s general secretary, Rajendra Soni, says the “unprecedented” rise in the GNC rate has broken the backbone of auto and taxi drivers. “CNG is now sold at a price above Rs 69 per kg, which is unprecedented. We demand that Governments (Central and State) provide a subsidy of Rs 35 per kg on CNG so that we can survive. We will strike indefinitely from April 18 if this demand is not met,” Soni said. Soni said last week that his association had also written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to provide a subsidy of Rs 35 per kg on CNG, but the Chief Minister has not responded so far. “We cannot continue to use our cars and our taxis while suffering losses every day. This is a symbolic protest to oppose price hikes,” Soni said. He said representatives of other auto and taxi unions such as Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union and All Delhi Auto Taxi Transporters Congress Union also attended the protest. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Chaudhary Anil Kumar joined the protest and called on Kejriwal to “rise above party lines” and help the drivers.