The state government on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that the one-member Hakim Committee appointed to look into various concerns of autorickshaw drivers will give the Mumbai Autorickshawmens Union a hearing before putting in its report.
In March this year,the government had appointed P M A Hakim,a former secretary to the Union government,to look into the grievances of auto drivers,and also to fix a fresh formula for auto and taxi fares.
In April,the government also approved a one-rupee hike in the autorickshaw minimum fare. However,on April 16,the union went on a token one-day strike to demand a further hike in minimum fares.
The committee has been asked to submit its report in three months. The Mumbai Autorickshawmens Union had moved the court challenging the constitution of the committee,on the grounds that it had no representative from their side.
Putting forward the case of the union on Monday,counsel Anil Sakhare said,The committee is a mere eyewash. The intention of the state government clearly is to force the new fare upon the union.
Sakhare also raised the issue of unlicenced auto drivers plying in the city,claiming that the government is perhaps not acting against them as the police get hafta earnings from them.
Assistant government pleader Nitin Deshpande,however,assured the court that all issues will also be decided within three months.
The court has accepted the statements of the government and has disposed of the petition.