Mangaluru Auto Drivers to emulate Ahmedabad Model for social security

Mangaluru: Auto drivers of the city are all set to follow the Ahmedabad IIM students model for earning extra income from digital advertising and social security and have proposed to float Kudla Souharda Sahakari Niyamit for the purpose.

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Under the aegis of Dakshina Kannada Auto Rickshaw Chalakara Sangha (ARCS) promoters and auto rickshaw drivers and owners have resolved to raise an estimated Rs 30 lakh initial share capital in a pre kick off meeting held here in Nasik Bangera Sabha Bhavan, Police Lane Mangaluru on June 20.

All over India auto drivers continue to struggle for day-to-day living. Good housing and higher education for their children is a distant dream. After year long discussion with hundreds of auto drivers and mentors we have opted for the Ahmadabad model, developed by Ahmadabad IIM student who works for the betterment of auto drivers of that city, said U Mohanchnadra a noted theatre person and social activist, after initiating discussions on floating a co-operative.

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The IIM student developed a innovative model of revenue and social security for auto drivers of Ahamadabad city in which drivers earned extra money by displaying digital advertisements on the autos and his company mobilised some social security benefits for auto drivers family like loan, health scheme, insurance, education loan etc., Mohanchandra explained.

For implementing this innovative project here in Mangaluru city eleven auto drivers came forward as promoters of the proposed Kudla Souharda Sahakari and raised the share capital to the tune of Rs 15 lakh. We are aiming to collect a total of Rs 30 lakh along with more than 750 members in the next two months, said one of the promoter Prakash, a auto union leader.

The government policies are not beneficial to auto drivers and workers of this unorganised sector facing lack of social security even after the implementation of some measures for unorganised workers, lamented Auto Drivers Association Honorary President Hasan Ali.

By becoming member of this society auto drivers and owners automatically become eligible for availing Yashashwini health scheme benefits as this scheme is meant only for co-operative society members. Other than this, members are eligible for group insurance, pension scheme, centrally sponsored insurance, education loan, self employment loan, short term loan, personal loan etc, explained P Ramachandra Rao, director of Karnataka Health Foundation.

President of Auto Drivers Association Alponse D’Souza presided over the discussion. Umashankar Pervody of Azim Premji foundation spoke on the occasion. Chairman of the Association Ashok Konchady initiated the discussion.

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