India : Auto strike off after 3 days, but no clarity on key demand
But it wasn't clear if their main demand -action against app-based cab services -had been met. The unions claimed the state government agreed on a policy to regulate app-based services, but officials denied it. Kishan Verma of the All Delhi Auto Taxi Trans porters Congress, one of the participating unions in the joint action committee, said, "Based on assurances by the Delhi government, and to end inconvenience to the public, we are calling off the strike."
According to sources, the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, led by Rajender Soni, was the last to come on board and call off the strike.
The government, which till the previous day had not sent out any feelers to the striking unions, met them on Thursday and promised to accept some demands, starting with action to prevent passenger vehicles registered in other states from running in Delhi.
The action would consist of a challan as well as impounding of the vehicle, auto or taxi.The government also agreed to act against autorickshaws with NCR permits from other states which were picking up passengers in Delhi. The city government said the mandatory workshop that drivers of light motor vehicles have to undergo for renewal of license would not be required. Besides, it agreed to take action against taxis under the economy scheme which were charging radio taxi rates. These cabs will have to go by the meter, a government official said.
Verma said the transport minister had also agreed to come up with a policy to regulate app-based taxis. Armed with a copy of the list of demands signed by Jain, Verma said, "The minister agreed that the transport department, after consultations with the law department, will come out with a plan of action for All-India Tourist Permits within a week." A majority of app-based cabs are registered under the all-India scheme. Radio taxi operators functioning at the airports will henceforth be dealt with "strictly", as part of the agreement, Verma added.
Delhi government officials denied any agreements had been reached on a policy for taxi aggregators. "The matter is being decided by the courts, and we have no say in drawing up such a policy. The Centre will decide on taxi aggregating companies," the official said.
According to sources, the decision to call off the strike was taken after members met Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. According to a member of the delegation, Gadkari told the unions that none of their demands could be addressed by the Centre as these were state issues.