One more autorickshaw driver in Telangana falls prey to debt burden; toll up to 25
As many as 25 autorickshaw drivers took the extreme step so far ever since the Telangana government launched free bus service for women.
VIKARABAD: Amir Khan (21), an autorickshaw driver of Station Dharuru village in Dharuru mandal, died by suicide by consuming insecticide. Aamir Khan, who was undergoing treatment at NIMS Hospital, died as his condition worsened.
His father complained to the police that he had died by suicide due to financial difficulties.
Khan is 25th autorickshaw driver who had fallen prey to penury and mounting debts as he’s unable to make both and meets, thanks to the free bus ride scheme for women doled out by the Congress Government in Telangana.
Most deaths of autorickshaw drivers by suicide are not being monitored by the government. Though Ministers Duddilla Sridhar Babu and Ponnam Prabhakar announced that the government was committed to giving Rs.12,000 assistance annually to autorickshaw drivers, nothing has taken shape as yet.
Bharat Rashtra Samithi MLAs have espoused the cause of the suffering autorickshaw drivers and went to the Assembly in autorickshaws two days ago flashing placards demanding compensation to them.