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Save livlihood of 70 lakh rickshaw-pullers, Govt told

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 25 (UNI) The reported ban on the plying of cycle rickshaws in the national capital by the NDMC echoed in the Lok Sabha today with the members, cutting across party lines, sought the Centre's imediate intervention to save the livelihood of as many as seven million people engaged in the activity in the country.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, RJD's Devendra Prasad Yadav drew attention of the House towards what he dubbed as an '' inhuman order'' of the NDMC that all the cycle-rickshaws should be prohibited from plying on roads.

He noted that the NDMC authorties had also ordered legal action against those who violated the ban.

''The rickshaw-pullers who hail from UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Asom and Uttranchal come to Delhi to earn their livelihood. If the ban is enforced, where wil they go?'' Mr Yadav wanted to know.

When he finished his submission, members from almost all the parties lent support to his demand.

BJP's V K Malhotra also expressed his party's support to the demand.

TMC leader Mamta Banerjee, while supporting the demand, also wanted the government to hold negotiations with the students, agitating on the quota issue. ''Atrocities should not be committed against them,'' she demanded.

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