For next few days, the work at the regional transport offices (RTO) in Maharashtra may be affected as protesting agents have decided to stop representatives of car dealers, unions and motor training schools from entering the premises.
Around 3,000 agents, including staffers of motor training schools, unions and others across the state, protested at Azad Maidan against state government’s move to do make RTO premises agent free. They also demanded that legal status be given to them.
Baba Shinde, the leader of agents, said that if they are unauthorised, the representatives of dealers and unions too are and they should also be stopped from entering the RTO premises, till the next high court hearing.
The government called for a meeting with a five-member delegation of the representatives of the agents, but stayed firm on its earlier decision. Gautam Chatterjee, transport secretary, who spoke to the delegation, said that online system will be introduced soon. “Efforts are on to make the RTO-related processes online and to eliminate the agents,” he said.
Irked with the government stand, the agents are now going to make their fight more vigorous. “If injustice is meted out, you will see our reaction,” Shinde said. He appealed to the agents to get the details of staff shortage and other documents under RTI Act to strengthen their case in the court.
Chatterjee warned that if agents try to stop anyone from entering the offices, the law will take its course. The RTO offices were almost deserted, said sources adding that limited work took place as compare to other days.