Auto unions have threatened to strike work across Maharashtra on June 17 in protest against the government’s decision last week to scrap the Hakim panel report.
The joint action committee comprising various auto rickshaw unions including the Mumbai Autorickshawmens’ Union has threatened demonstrations and morchas outside the transport commissioner’s office and other government offices at the district and tehsil levels.
The committee claimed that 15 lakh auto drivers will participate in the agitation across the state and will not do any business that day. “Those who participate in the agitation will remain off the roads,” said Shashank Rao, leader of Mumbai Taximens’ Union.
At a press conference at Fort, the committee protested against the scrapping of the Hakim panel report and accused transport minister Diwakar Raote of taking unilateral decisions in support of taxi aggregators.
After strong public uproar against the consistent hikes in taxi and auto rickshaw fares in the city, including one that is set to come into effect from June 1, the government, last week, announced that it would scrap the single-member Hakim panel report that had fixed a formula for auto and taxi fare hikes. “The transport minister could have first discussed the issue with us before scrapping the Hakim panel report,” Rao said.Mumbai: BMC panel breather for decrepit buildings