Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 4, 2018: Diesel-run auto-rickshaw drivers in Imphal have cautioned to launch hunger strike if the government fails to withdraw its stand to ban plying diesel autos in Imphal city soon.
In continuation of auto drivers protest against the state’s decision the auto drivers who park their vehicles at Ngamapal market area today stopped their service to protest.
Chief minister Biren Singh and traffic regulation and the parking committee on April 25 decided to ban diesel autos and vans during a meeting.
Besides the demand to withdraw the decision to ban plying diesel-run autos in Imphal city, some complain that the government should provide loans to procure E-rickshaws to replace their diesel-autos and at the same time demands that the state should fix a value of the existing autos and adjust it when the loan is provided. Some complains to give a time period of six to two years so that they could finish clearing loans.
L, Sashikanta, general secretary of joint action committee formed against the decision to ban diesel-auto, said, if the government does not listen to our voice we will take up intense forms of agitations including hunger strike. “We are socked that the government have collected crores of Rupees by collecting onetime tax, charged for smart driving licence card and installation of IND number plates. The sudden decision banning us ply in Imphal after collecting a huge amount of money is unacceptable, he added.
The drivers complain that the decision is like an attempt not only to kill them but all their family members as well.