I met an Autowala today morning, in Chennai, who told me half-a-dozen stories, which i want to share with you.
Here it goes...
1) Auto meter problem.
TN Govt has asked all auto owners to change to electronic meters, instead of mechanical ones. My friend has got a new meter from a local company, for 5k, which is ISI certified and showed me the guarentee cards. But jsut after 5 days of purchase, the rates started jumping... I witnessed it, usually for 9 KMs, meter charges would be 56/-, but in his machine, it was 275/- He says, electronic meters are a problem because, the magnetic effect in the auto parts would damage the meter. But i think, before issuing such a circular to all, the ministry people would have sure thought about this...
2) He is in a union and they have lodged a legal complaint against the meter manufacturing company and the govt circular, stating that this meter wont suit for the road/temperature conditions in Chennai.
But he says including the court officials, everybody are scared to act against govt, even though they know what the actual problem is.
They had got a stay order to this GO, which was later broken by cheating them.
There are many such issues regarding Autowala's permit issuing delay, asking all of them to change to Gas instead of Petrol(would cost 15k for this), without having enough cylinder supplies in bunks, breaking the stay order that the autowala's union has got by utilising their signatures in the meeting minutes...
The auto wala wants to charge people based on meter and wants to work with morality. But says, the Govt is against their interests and nowadays issuing many contradicting GOs with a wrong motive... I have heard similar views from other auto drivers too. I don't know whether RTI can help them anywhere... If so, please suggest some ideas wherein it would be helpful for them and the common man.