City briefs : Auto drivers move HC against issue of permits in phases
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Autorickshaw drivers moved the Delhi High Court against the government's decision to issue 10,000 new permits. Following last year's Supreme Court order to increase the number of autos from 55,000 to 1 lakh, the Delhi government issued a notification on August 8, inviting applications from auto drivers for 10,000 new permits in the first phase and said 35,000 more autos would get permits in the next phase. A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw will hear the plea on Wednesday.
A group of autorickshaw unions, including Bharatiya Tipahiya Chalak Sangh, alleged that the Delhi government's decision is "violative of autorickshaw drivers' fundamental right to earn livelihood." While hearing a PIL in December 1997, the Supreme Court had limited the number of auto permits to 55,000. In 2011, it had modified its order.
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