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EDUCATION IN LAW: Executive chairman of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority V. Gopala Gowda (centre) at the inauguration of legal awareness camp for autorickshaw drivers at City Civil Court in Bangalore on Sunday.
EDUCATION IN LAW: Executive chairman of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority V. Gopala Gowda (centre) at the inauguration of legal awareness camp for autorickshaw drivers at City Civil Court in Bangalore on Sunday.

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Gopala Gowda: when firms can be given loans, why not unemployed youth?

BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Legal Services Authority urged the Union and State governments to instruct the nationalised and other banks to extend surety-free loans for unemployed and poor youths in the State for buying autorickshaws and promote self-employment.

Authority Executive Chairman and judge of High Court of Karnataka V. Gopala Gowda said the authority would write to the Centre and the State Government to that effect on Monday.

Mr. Gopala Gowda was inaugurating a workshop on legal awareness for authorickshaw drivers organised by the authority’s Bangalore Urban and Rural district units and Bangalore Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union here on Sunday.

When the Government could extend huge loans to many industrialists and others, why not for the cause of employment as a matter of social justice. The Union and State governments should think and act on the issue, Mr. Gopala Gowda said.

Social security

About the existing social security schemes for senior citizens abroad, he said the authority would draw the Union and State Government’s attention to the issue. Launching a social security scheme for the poor such as autorickshaw drivers with an estimated corpus of Rs. 1,000 crore would not be burden for the Union and the State governments. On the issue of rules pertaining to the road transport system in the State, Mr. Gopala Gowda said there was a need to bring amendments to the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Act for addressing the anomalies. The authority had noticed that Regional Transport Offices across the State had been causing delays in issuing driving licences and permits, particularly for the poor.

The authorities concerned in all RTOs should see to that licences, permits and other related documents were issued within a month from the date of application. The authority would write to the Government on this, he said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) K.C. Ramamurthy said effective implementation of any law would be an uphill task unless people were aware of their implications. Enforcing and managing road traffic rules had been a challenging task in Bangalore which had 22 lakh vehicles. Although there were some confusion over the exact number of autorickshaws in the city, 75,000 of them were running carrying an estimated 25 lakh passengers on a day, he said.

Subhash B. Adi, Judge of Karnataka High Court, presided over the inaugural session of the workshop.

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