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Monday, 13 July 2020

6K Rohtak auto drivers no longer behind wheel

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 12

Conditions have forced over 6,000 autorickshaw drivers in the district to switch to other fields. A majority of drivers are ready to sell their vehicles, but there is no buyer in the market. Rohtak has over 10,000 autorickshaws.

Wazir Sindhu and his family had shifted from Kheri Sadh village to Rohtak four years ago to drive an autorickshaw. He returned to the village recently as he had no money to pay house rent.

"I waited for a month for the situation to normalise, but it did not happen. I have started farming to make ends meet. I want to sell my autorickshaw even if I get a low price," he said.

Raju had gone back to his work as denter-cum-painter. "I began driving an autorickshaw after quitting this work around seven years ago. Circumstances have compelled me to switch to my previous job," he said.

Jitender had opened a juice corner and was in no mood to drive an autorickshaw again. Ram Chander switched to the vegetable market for work. Rohtash joined a private company as salesman. Dinesh and Rampal were now engaged in manual labour.

Rajender Dahiya, president of the New Rohtak Autorickshaw Kalyan Samiti, said the financial condition of autorickshaw drivers had gone from bad to worse. "We have asked the state government to provide some monetary relief, but to no avail," he said.

Ready to sell their vehicles, no buyers

  • A majority of drivers are ready to sell their vehicles, but there is no buyer in the market.
  • Rohtak has over 10,000 autorickshaws. Conditions have forced over 6,000 autorickshaw drivers in the district to switch to other fields.
  • The financial condition of autorickshaw drivers had gone from bad to worse, said a New Rohtak Autorickshaw Kalyan Samiti president Rajender Dahiya


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