Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 15:
Drivers of vehicles requisitioned by the transport department of the Odisha government for poll duty are up in arms. About 250 of them blocked the road connecting Jayadev Vihar and Kalinga Stadium near Reserve Police Line here for half an hour today in protest against the denial of basic amenities.
“The district administration has impounded about 2000 taxis for election duty in the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency. But it has not provided us basic amenities like food charges of Rs 250 per day, rest shed, sanitation facilities, water, mosquito net and other promises put up by the transport and police department,” said Pradip Kumar Mati, a taxi driver from Gop in Puri district, who was among the protesters.
Though the services of these drivers have been requisitioned since April 12 and they are being made to work virtually round the clock, they have not been given a paisa by way of allowances, Mati said.
The drivers lifted the road blockade after senior police officers, including ACP (Traffic) Binod Das intervened and assured them that their dues would be paid soon.