Navi Mumbai: Rickshaw Kranti Sanyukt Kruti Samiti, Maharashtra State has announced an agitation in front of the Collector’s office in Satara on May 25 at 11 a.m., observing all norms of the lockdown regulations, if their pending demands are not resolved.

Kasam Mulani, the Navi Mumbai chief of the RKSKS informed that in spite of several rickshaw unions and organizations appealing for assistance in the wake of the loss of livelihood due to the over 50-days lockdown in the State to combat the COVID 19 pandemic, the government is turning a deaf ear. He added that a rickshaw owner pays nearly Rs.55,000/- in various forms of taxes when he buys an auto-rickshaw and continues to pay taxes on fuel and other charges as required by the R.T.O. Yet, in spite of the forced lockdown, the Central or State government have not reached any form of assistance or relief to the rickshaw drivers, Mulani lamented.

Kasam Mulani, the Navi Mumbai chief of the RKSKS

The main demands, informed Vishna Jambhale, chief of the Satara unit and State incharge chief of the Samiti, are; 1. Announce the pending Rickshaw Welfare Corporation (announced by the former BJP-SS-RPI(A) alliance government) immediately and like the Delhi and Karnataka State governments give Rs. 5,000/- per month to every rickshaw driver for the period of the lockdown 2. Provide required monthly ration to every rickshaw driver’s family for the period of the lockdown and 3. Waive off 3 months EMI and the interest thereon on bank loans availed for the purchase of the rickshaw.

The other signatories to the stir notice are – Shrikant Acharya (Pune unit chief), Trimbak Swami (Latur unit chief), D.N. Gosavi (Mumbai unit chief), Ashwini More (Thane unit chief), Santosh Mahajan, Sunil Gaikwad, Dilip Ghodke, Swapnil Urle, Tukaram Jogdand, Suresh Pandgale, Mahesh Kshirsagar and Suryabhan Kamble.