Chandigarh, March 22
Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr Justice Augustine George Masih met drivers of battery driven auto-rickshaws provided by district administration at Traffic Park in Sirsa today and saw for himself the auto-rickshaw known as ‘Garud’.
While giving this information today, an official spokesman said that Justice Masih was highly impressed with this scheme of the district administration and said that it was the best practice to provide such source of income to the needy and the poor people. “This project would prove to be a milestone in ensuring the welfare of families of these auto rickshaw drivers”, he added.
He said that Justice Masih also shared views with them about their experiences before and after receiving these vehicles. He along with District and Sessions Judge Mr. Subhash Goyal and Deputy Commissioner Dr. J Ganeshan took a ride in ‘Garud’ and described it as comfortable and safe.
It may be recalled that battery driven auto-rickshaws have been provided to 40 rickshaw pullers free of cost by the district administration under the Backward Area Grant Scheme. These rickshaw pullers who earlier used to earn only Rs. 150 per day were today earning Rs. 600 per day through these battery run auto-rickshaws. After getting this vehicle, the living standard of these rickshaw pullers has enhanced. These drivers have even acknowledged that after receiving these vehicles they have left the habit of intoxication as earlier they used to drive rickshaw through paddles and because of fatigue they had become addicted to liquor. Now they run battery driven auto-rickshaws comfortably and have shunned their habit of taking liquor. Justice Masih expressed happiness with the significant change in the lifestyle of these drivers. He also appreciated the district administration for this scheme.