January 9, 2014
Trinamool Trade Union to hold convention of auto operators today
The Trinamool trade union will hold a convention of auto operators and unions on January 9 to discuss issues like indiscriminate fare hike, abrupt change of routes, rude behaviour with passengers and rampant violation of traffic rules.
Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC) leaders who will address the convention will drive home the message that any operator flaunting Trinamool links and violating rules would be sternly dealt with, said a leader of the organisation.
INTTUC State President Dola Sen will be among the leaders who will address the gathering. “We might call some senior police officers to speak,” Ms. Sen said.
The decision to call a convention by the Trinamool trade union was taken at a meeting Transport Minister Madan Mitra held on Tuesday with his department`s officials and representatives of the city traffic police and the public vehicles department.
Representatives of seven districts, including North and South 24-Parganas and Howrah, would attend the January 9 convention.
Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee was deeply concerned over the manner in which some auto drivers were demanding high fares. She instructed the authorities to look into the matter when reports reached her that auto drivers were extorting passengers during the bus strike.