Source: News Bharati English13 Mar 2016 14:43:05

Itanagar, March 13: Taking into consideration the contributions of auto and tempo drivers in the Capital Complex by providing much convenient mode of conveyance to the city dwellers, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul assured to provide all basic facilities and amenities for designated auto and tempo stand.

Pul while paying a surprise visit to the tempo and auto stand near Mithun gate on Friday assured that the stands would be provided with parking lot, toilet and sanitary facilities, CCTV, high mast light and also provision for hotel/motel and rest room. Similar steps would also be initiated for Bus stands and Sumo counters, he added.
During the interaction, Pul was elated to meet two auto drivers, who informed that they were college graduate. Appreciating their strong sense of work culture, Pul said, “Dignity of labour dignifies every kind of work. There is no work as superior or inferior. It is improper to think that a certain kind of work is undignified or below one’s status.”

The workers informed that there is a huge liability to be paid to the transport department, and appealed the chief minister for a one time-waiver, news agency Dawnlit Post reported.

“Many of the vehicles were purchased as second-hand that came with huge tax liability of from the previous owners of which many were not aware of,” said the workers. The chief minister responded with the assurance that the matter will be taken up in consultation with the concerned department.

He also brought the idea of having a detailed map with a complete road network of the capital city in the auto stand where information on time required to reach the desired destination, will be on display. The chief minister advised the auto and tempo drivers to carry with them the concept of “Athiti Devo Bhawa” to present a good picture of the state and the capital city to the visitors.

He advised them to carry with them all the concerned documents of the vehicles, and to report any threat to police for their safety during the working hours. He also advised them not to charge exorbitant rates to the customer. Requesting them to cooperate with the state administration to prevent any possible law and order problems, the chief minister asked the workers to be on vigil for any suspicious activity in the city and to report immediately to the police.

Further the Pul assured all necessary support for construction of auto stands in all essential places in the city such as schools, hospitals and important government offices. He also requested the auto drivers to have “close synchronisation” with all the bus services in the city, for easy pickup of commuters.