he Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday asked the BJP-led Central government to “frame a proper ordinance” and notify it to prevent Delhi’s e-rickshaw drivers from being rendered jobless. Congress leaders have also decided to meet Lieutenant-Governer Najeeb Jung on Saturday to discuss the issue.
DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said if e-rickshaw drivers were rendered jobless, over 10 lakh people in Delhi would be pushed to the brink of poverty. Keeping in mind the Delhi High Court ruling, he said the Centre, taking into consideration the safety and security of the people of Delhi, should immediately issue an ordinance to ensure that e-rickshaws were not taken off the roads.
“BJP minister Nitin Gadkari, while addressing a meeting at the Ramlila Ground, had got himself a big applause when he promised that e-rickshaw drivers would not be rendered jobless. The BJP had even put up posters all over Delhi taking credit for it. But the truth is that they are against e-rickshaws,” Lovely said.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party accused the Central government of doing nothing for the regularisation and laying down of safety standards for e-rickshaws and said the BJP should take responsibility for a ban on them by the Delhi High Court. The AAP said Gadkari must explain what happened to his assurances given to e-rickshaw drivers at Ramlila Ground.