BISWANATH CHARIALI, June 18 - In view of the continuous lockdown across the country, e-rickshaw operators in and around Biswanath Chariali town have been facing a difficult situation.
A meeting was held here recently maintaining social distancing to discuss the issue in the presence of representatives of social organisations under the aegis of Biswanath Town E-Rickshaw Association and also to put pressure upon the state government to resolve the issues in the greater interest of around 450 families of local educated youths engaged in the trade.
The association raised a charter of demands in the meeting. Their demands include immediate approval of a loan of Rs 30,000 to each operator from the government to meet the cost of maintenance of the e-rickshaws that had to be kept idle at home during the early phases of lockdown.
The association also demanded moratorium in loans availed by the e-rickshaw operators from micro finance companies because the companies have been allegedly putting pressure on them to repay the loans. Likewise, the operators are unable to pay the required tax to Biswanath Municipality during the financial year of 2020-21 on account of their poor financial condition.
Farewell meeting: Five retired employees of Biswanath District Regional Road Division of PWD were accorded farewell recently. The farewell function was presided over by executive engineer Deepak Borah at the divisional office. The retired employees � Ramani Talukdar, Tikaram Upadhyay, Ghanashyam Hazarika, Jagyaram Gohain and Dimbeswar Bhuyan � were presented with gamosas and letters of appreciation.