Chandigarh, October 17 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today said that surveys would be got conducted to ascertain the number of pedal rikshaws in the State so that they could be replaced with e-Rikshaws.
Mr. Manohar Lal was speaking after handing over the keys of 50 e-Rikshaws to same number of pedal rikshaw pullers at Karnal today. Rikshaw pullers who are aged and used to run the rikshaws on rent have been selected under this scheme. On this occasion, the Chief Minister himself drove an E- Rikshaw to boost the morale of beneficiaries.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the E-Rikshaw Charging Kendra of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rikshaw Chalak Kalyan Samiti Karnal.
The Chief Minister said that initially this scheme has been implemented in Karnal and on its success; it would also be replicated in other cities of the State. He said that at present 50 beneficiaries have been distributed e-Rikshaws under the District Innovation Fund at a cost of Rs 54 lakh. Later on, more such beneficiaries would be covered under this scheme, he added. He said that each beneficiary would have to pay only 10 ten per cent of the total amount. He also directed to reserve some e-Rikshaws for women so that they could travel in these Rikshaws without any inconvenience.
While stressing the need to stop the inhuman practice of pulling pedal rikshaws, he said that everybody should work hard to earn their livelihood, but pulling the weight of other is like exploitation. He said that to curb this practice and to bring rikshaw pullers into the mainstream of the society, this scheme has been started. Sharing his experience, the Chief Minister said that during his eight years stay at Delhi, he witnessed frequent run of pedal rikshaws between Chandni Chowk to Lal Kila (Red Fort). He said that he was pained to see the difference between two people as one was sitting on the rikshaw and the other was pulling his weight.
While thanking the Chief Minister, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. J. Ganeshan said that the initiative of e-Rikshaw is a step towards making Karnal a Smart City. He said that today 50 e-Rikshaws have been distributed to the beneficiaries and he assured the Chief Minister that in the coming time, the entire Karnal City would be made pedal Rikshaw-free.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Bakshish Singh Virk, OSD Mr Amrinder Singh, Mayor Municipal Corporation, Mrs. Renu Bala Gupta, senior officers of district administration and police and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.