Most autos purchased on loan, at the moment are with restoration brokers, with drivers have been unable to pay again the loans as a consequence of covid. Now, these drivers are having to pay between Rs 200 – Rs 400 to
Kumar, 28, a resident of Varthur, has been driving an auto for the previous eight years. He’s the only real breadwinner within the household and helps his dad and mom and a youthful brother. Earlier than the lockdown,
He stated, “I had taken a loan and had purchased all of the autos and this was my solely supply of earnings. However with the lockdown, my earnings got here to an abrupt halt and the state of affairs turned so dangerous, I had neither the cash to pay the hire or curiosity on the loans. The restoration brokers got here to my home and took all of the autos and seized them as I used to be not capable of pay the curiosity for the preliminary three months of lockdown. I wouldn’t have some other job and determined to take auto for hire and look ahead to rides.
I pay Rs. 200 per day and I’ve to fill the gasoline from my pocket itself. Typically, I get two rides in a day and generally, I don’t get rides in any respect. I find yourself parking the auto and performing some each day wage work like shifting baggage, simply to repay someday’s auto hire.”
With the lockdown, my earnings got here to an abrupt halt. I had neither the cash to pay the hire nor curiosity for loans
– Kumar, auto driver
One other auto driver, Manjunath, who requests Rs. 20 further on the meter fare, stated, “I pay Rs. 400 hire this auto day by day, and if I don’t earn that a lot, I’ve to pay the cash out of my very own pocket. Three years again, I had bought the auto on a loan and I used to be paying 15% curiosity, however the lockdown pressured left me with no choices to earn they usually took my auto away.
These brokers generally promote our autos and go away it on hire for Rs. 300/400 per day to compensate the quantity. Now, I’ve no different choice than requesting passengers to pay somewhat further so I can repay the hire. Normally, I make round Rs. 20/30 further, per day.”
Suresh, one other auto driver, stated that earlier than the lockdown, he would trip college buses within the morning after which ply autos for the remainder of the day. However, with no college and no autos on the streets, he has misplaced all sources of earnings.
“I now hire the auto for Rs. 350 per day, however no matter I make by way of fares, goes into paying the hire. I make no cash in any respect. That they had knowledgeable us that the federal government will probably be giving us Rs. 5,000 for the losses we had throughout the