UP govt opposes PM Modi’s plan to distribute cycle-rickshaws in Varanasi

The SP leader also said the Prime Minister should assure contractual teachers justice when he will meet them here tomorrow.

By: PTI | Varanasi | Published: September 17, 2015 4:22 pm
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The SP government on Thursday caviled at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to distribute cycle-rickshaws during his visit here, saying such a move will promote the “inhuman practice” of pulling a rickshaw, which the ruling party has always objected to.

“Socialist Ram Manohar Lohia was always against the practice of pulling a rickshaw, which is a complete inhuman activity. Our senior leader Azam Khan had two days back in Varanasi said the Prime Minister shouldn’t promote this,” SP leader Manoj Rai Dhoopchandi said.

“So, we appeal to the Prime Minister to immediately rollback his decision to distribute cycle-rickshaw.

“Also, he shouldn’t distribute e-rickshaws on loan as it would put more burden on poor rickshaw pullers. Instead, these could be given free,” he said.

The SP leader also said the Prime Minister should assure contractual teachers justice when he will meet them here tomorrow.

The teachers are upset over the recent Allahabad High Court judgment canceling the regularization of their service.

Earlier, District Magistrate Rajmani Yadav said a PMO communique last night informed that the Prime Minister would meet the protesting contractual teachers tomorrow.

Modi will be on a day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency tomorrow during which he is likely to launch important schemes relating to power and road sectors, inaugurate a trauma centre inside Banaras Hindu University premises, and address a public meeting.

The Prime Minister will also distribute e-rickshaws, tricycles and benefits under “Jan Dhan Yojana” to more than 600 people.

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  1. D
    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm
    Why SP want solutions for its bers from Modi.
    1. அன்பு அருள்
      Sep 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm
      The head of the Government is visiting his consuency and inaugurate some welfare measures. In fact it should have been done by the State Government. Even the roads are being laid only now it appears. What kind of welfare activities the people can expect form such a Government which is in charge at the state. Wonder!
      1. S
        S.P. Asokan
        Sep 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm
        Modi may consider distributing motor-driven cycle rickshaws.
        1. N
          Sep 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm
          It is good that something like the e-rickshaw is there. It is pure green technology. So far so good. Livelihood for people. The transport department will provide the licence to the people to drive. The reality is that such rickshaws are being driven by teenagers, secondly a rickshaw financed by the bank does not get a number as such vehicles are not recongized under vehicles catergory. So in other words that rickshaw can be driven by a novice and that too without a number, in case of an accident you cannot register a complaint as the police does not recognize it as a valild vehicle and it does not have a registered number. So complaint against whom and what vehicle ? In fact the gunuine citizen who owns one such rickshaw is more worried that the transport department it seems. So before promoting the pure green tech the transport dept should have the requisite laws in place please. Beside these rickshaws are being adapted to carry loads and they are so heavily loaded, say like with 16 kgs tins that one moving behind cannot see trafic in front of the adapted vehicle. Also there are 'jugaad' vehicles running on the road. The driver is usually a ill trained and they do not need worry about registeration. So no one can lodge complaint against them regarding violation of traffic rules.