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Welfare schemes for transport workers demanded

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, June 2 - The All India Road Transport Workers� Federation (AIRTWF) has demanded of the government to provide welfare schemes for the transport workers of the State.

The Assam State unit of AIRTWF sent a letter to the State Transport Commissioner in this regard on Monday pointing out how badly the transport workers and the owners and drivers of the private vehicles have been affected by the lockdown. This section is finding it extremely difficult to make both ends meet and repay the loans taken from financial institutions. The letter urged the transport authorities to provide financial assistance to the cab drivers and the owners.

�We also appeal to the government to provide Rs 5,000 to each of the owners and drivers for three months to deal with the crisis and also take welfare schemes for the transport workers which include health insurance, pension, children�s education among others,� the letter added.

They also called for increasing the number of passengers to be transported by the cabs, Tata Sumo, Magic and Maximo vehicles. The AIRTWF�s Assam unit also urged the government not to collect taxes at the toll gates of the State till completion of construction works of the NHAI.

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