Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: The trade union wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday led an agitation by auto drivers demanding immediate withdrawal of the GOs 213 and 155 G which they feared would spell doom to their livelihood and put the fate of their families in balance.

Chittoor CPI district secretary P. Harinadha Reddytermed as unfair the abrupt ban imposed on plying of 7-seater autos on the highways, more so when the automen, mostly unemployed youths, have borrowed huge money to run the autos. The CPI leader said that if the government felt that 7-seater autos on highways were not safe, it should have imposed a ban on their very production instead of doing it at this stage.

Poor literacy

Regarding the other GO which reportedly set 8th standard as the minimum qualification for those seeking driving licences in AP, Harinadha Reddy said it was also unfair given poor literacy rate among the working class in the country. The party leader said that the best course would be to organise adult education centres or night schools to provide automen the required education.

The Chittoor Auto Workers Union threatened to intensify its agitation if the government failed to respond positively to their demands.