E-Rickshaw Chaalak Sangh Indore
General Union Meeting.
Mohammad Ansari, who is the union leader of the E-Rickshaw Chaalak Sangh Indore, demand better wages from the vehicle owners, believes there is no change in the social and economic conditions of the drivers. The e-rickshaw available on rent started demanding high rent. The rickshaws are not insured; if any damage is caused, the rickshaw driver has to pay,” he says, estimating that about 80 per cent of e-rickshaw drivers in Indore drive a rented vehicle.
Ansari’s concerns are reflected in the situation of Radheshyam, a middle-aged man who now drives an e-rickshaw. “If I do not pack my rickshaw with eight passengers in one trip, I will not have enough to pay for the rent,” he says. Radheshyam’s owner is replacing the old batteries with Lithium-ion batteries hence thinking of increasing the rent of e-rickshaws. Radheshyam pays a rent of Rs 200 to Rs 400 per day and is left with a meagre Rs 300 every day to manage his family of four. The only comfort for Radheshyam is that he does not need to do much physical labour with the e-rickshaw.
For addressing this kind of issues related to E-Rickshaws, EV-Urjaa, organized a general meeting of all the E-Rickshaw drivers at chiman Bagh ground Indore with Mr. Ansari as the Union leader and formed the E-Rickshaw Chaalak Sangh Indore. Time to follow ups and meetings are being conducted for resolving the problems faced by E-Rickshaw Drivers.