Mangalore: Monthu Lobo, the 77 year old auto driver and well known social worker of Mangalore was awarded State Level Sarathi No.1 Award at the ' World Drivers Day' Celebration organised by Indian Vehicle Drivers' Trade Union (R), Bangalore on 28-07-2012 held at Town Hall Bangalore. Monthu Lobo, is the founder member of Mangalore Mahanagar Auto Rickshaw Chalakara Sangha (R) MMARCS, and is Senior Auto Driver.
Monthu Lobo has 54 years of service as an auto driver to his credit and has not been penalised by the Police department during his service, for breaking any traffic rules. Earlier to this he has been awarded several awards by different institutions and associations in and around Mangalore and has brought name and fame to M.M.A.R.C.S (R) and to our district by getting the above state level award .
Ivan Dísouza, Adv. and President, Shekhar, Secretary, Cyril Dísouza , Seetharam Shetty and Gerard Towers ,the advisors of Mangalore Mahanagar Auto Rickshaw Chalakara Sangha (R) wish Monthu Lobo all success in his future endeavours.
Monthu Lobo's Brief Profile:
Monthu Lobo has 53 years of flawless track record--he vouches that he has never been cited by cops for any traffic violations, and that reason according to him is, he has kept himself totally away from alcohol. He is a " Tea-Man! ". Monthu is one of the first few auto rickshaw drivers of Mangalore, and probably the only one who still drives one. He has been a witness to the City taking today's shape, from the days of bullock carts to streets full of motor vehicles.
Monthu Lobo has no intention of giving up his driving profession. At 77, he still continues to hit the road every morning at 4am with his humble auto rickshaw that has never known what an accident is. Between the time when minimum auto rickshaw fare was four annas (25 paisa) and now, Lobo from valencia has spent 53 long years on his favorite driver's seat!
Coming from a family of 10, Monthu has studied only up to sixth standard at St. Sebastian School, Bendur--he had to give up studies due to hardship in the family. He started working at a cycle repair shop to earn income for the family. But God has never let him down, with his hard work and savings he was able to buy his own auto rickshaw in 2008. Rest of his savings he had to spent on daughters' marriages. Playing cricket is still his hobby now. He attribute his good health to God's grace and frequent cup of tea that he sips every day. Presently Monthu is staying with his wife, daughter in law, and son Anil, who also owns a auto rickshaw, and has been driving for the last five years.
May God bless Monthu Lobo for his dedicated service to the community, and for being a safe driver. mangalorean.com team wish him every success in his "driving" endeavors, and may he continue to serve his customers as a safe driver of Mangalore. Long live, " driver Monthu".
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