Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: The Truck Drivers, Conductors and Cleaners Association, which is affiliated to the AITUC, has demanded a monthly maintenance of Rs. 3,000 for drivers, conductors and cleaners who have crossed the age of 50, free treatment for them and their families and inclusion of their families under the Yashaswini scheme.

Talking to presspersons here on Thursday, president of the association and the AITUC Ramachandrappa said that there were over 38 lakh trucks in the country and over 76 lakh people had been working as drivers, cleaners and conductors, he said.

The truck transport trade was fetching an income of over Rs. 55,000 crore every year. But unfortunately, drivers, conductors and cleaners were being neglected for long, he alleged.

It was the responsibility of the Government to provide social security and economic stability to drivers, cleaners and conductors, the association said.

The Government should announce Rs. 5 lakh to the family of any driver, conductor or cleaner killed in accident, it said.

The Government had announced schemes for washer men, construction workers, fishermen and tailors. It should also come to the rescue of truck drivers and cleaners.

Their children should be given free education, the association said.

It also demanded that the Government set up a separate fund for the welfare of these workers.

The association has decided to take out a rallies across the State on September 30, to urge the Government to fulfil their demands, the association said.