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Delay in guideline announcement irks auto drivers

Delay in guideline announcement irks auto drivers
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It’s almost two months since government gave permission (GO No 14) for 8,700 new autos to ply on roads but its guidelines have not been issued yet. As a result, auto drivers and youngsters seeking to buy new autos are a worried lot. Murali, an unemployed youngster, says,

Auto unions want the government to issue guidelines for the release of new autos and not insist on the minimum pass qualification of class 8 for awarding badges

It’s almost two months since government gave permission (GO No 14) for 8,700 new autos to ply on roads but its guidelines have not been issued yet. As a result, auto drivers and youngsters seeking to buy new autos are a worried lot. Murali, an unemployed youngster, says, “If the government does not issue the guidelines before the end of financial year, it would be difficult to get bank loans.”

A Sathi Reddy, general secretary, Telangana Auto Drivers Samakya, says, “It takes a week to ten days for the guidelines to be passed after a GO is issued. But this delay is unexplainable. Many who want to buy autos are in trouble. Some are sitting idle.” In 2012, the former government issued GO No 90 in which 20,000 autos were sanctioned and 11,300 autos were registered.

Later the auto unions demanded the release of the remaining 8,700 autos and in November 2014 GO 14 was issued permitting new autos. In 2012, there were 77,000 autos in the twin cities. MA Saleem, Auto Owners Association, said that the new guidelines should also annul the rule of minimum pass qualification of Class 8 as majority of auto drivers are not educated and that it would be difficult for them to get the badge number.

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