AP Auto Drivers and Workers Federation has demanded issue of permits to 20,000 autorickshaws in the city.

The federation held its general body meeting here on Friday under the chairmanship of Padala Govind. Federation State general secretary G. Vamana Murthy said that at least 20,000 autorickshaws were necessary to meet the growing transportation needs of the city.

The move would also help jobless youth to gain self-employment. He also demanded extension of free Jeevansri life insurance policy to auto drivers.