The state government, on Friday, told the Bombay high court that there is no decision yet on forming of a committee to verify the legitimacy of last month’s autorickshaw and taxi fare hike based on the recommendation of a one-man committee.
Taking exception to the government’s decision to hike auto and taxi tariffs in the city on the recommendations of one retired civil servant, PMA Hakim, the Bombay high court had earlier instructed the state to set up another committee, consisting of members from diverse fields, and “look into the legitimacy of this hike”.
According to petitioner’s lawyer, Uday Warunjikar, the court was told that the secretary concerned is abroad. The court has adjourned the hearing till Monday.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, which has challenged the government resolution that accepts the recommendations of the Hakim committee. Warunjikar argued that Hakim is not an expert in the field.
Hakim was a transport secretary with the Union government.
Such a job cannot be entrusted to one man, the division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice AA Sayed had said, and asked the government to set up a permanent mechanism to deal with such matters instead of making ad-hoc arrangements when unions threaten to strike.