Vahana Chalakara Hitarakshana Vedike, a forum for protecting the interests of autorickshaw and truck drivers in the city, will be inaugurated at Kuvempu Rangamandir on September 13, said president of the forum D. Rajashekharappa.

A total of 1,384 autorickshaw drivers in the city are appearing for SSLC examination as external candidates this year. The district administration will conduct special classes for these candidates during weekends at Government Pre University College. The forum will also conduct special workshops to enhance the learning skills of these candidates, Mr. Rajashekharappa said.

The Shimoga City Municipal Council should expedite the process of installation of digital meters for the autorickshaws. The forum will also press the government to sanction sites under Ashraya scheme for the autorickshaw drivers who don’t own a house, he said.

Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Rathnakar will inaugurate the forum. Former Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa, MP B.Y. Raghavendra, Member of Rajya Sabha Ayanur Manjunath and others will be present for the inaugural ceremony.