The police will train some 40,000 auto drivers and counsel them to behave better with passengers. This is the right step as the police receive 200 complaints every day against auto drivers. If you compare the number against the population of the Bengaluru, this is a miniscule number. But 200 disgruntled citizens, who are willing to take the trouble of lodging a complaint, is quite a huge number. I end up having arguments with auto drivers, walk away fumingly and finally take out the anger on someone else. There may be more variants of my behaviour making 200 only the number of registered complaints.
Training is good to tackle this menace. As training in such a large scale means quite a lot of money, who is going to foot the bill? This looks like an exercise funded by the taxpayer’s money. But, why should the taxpayer fund this exercise? It is the taxpayer who uses the auto for moving across the city. In this process, the auto drivers always make sure the taxpayer is ripped off. There are many reasons to extract more money from the passenger – faulty meter, extra distance for the U turn in order to return back or plainly Rs 20 above the meter!
When the police scramble to arrange counseling, there is a silent player whom they have not considered; the auto driver’s union(s). When auto drivers strike, these unions are the driving force behind it. If the unions are for the betterment of the collective, then why are these unions not involved in this operation? As this is an initiative benefitting it’s members, shouldn’t they put in a part of the money spent in this exercise?
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