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    Auto-rickshaw drivers in Hyderabad have taken a unique approach to protest the introduction of free bus travel for women. They have been begging in front of passengers traveling in Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) buses. This demonstration is a symbolic way for the drivers to express the hardships they are facing. The protest was witnessed in Medchal, where the auto-drivers, dressed in their uniforms, asked for alms from passengers in state-run buses.

    The drivers explain that while the government’s initiative to provide free bus travel for women aims to promote safety and accessibility, it has negatively impacted their livelihoods. With fewer passengers choosing auto-rickshaws, the drivers are struggling to make a living on their daily wages. Despite making representations to the authorities, they have decided to draw attention to their plight through this protest. By begging from passengers on buses, they hope to highlight the financial challenges they are facing due to the shift in commuter preferences.

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    The auto-rickshaw drivers are optimistic that this demonstration will initiate a dialogue and lead to a resolution that improves their economic well-being. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Rashtra Trade Union (BRTU) has announced a Mahadharna on January 7, where at least 1,000 auto drivers are expected to protest against free bus travel for women. The drivers claim that working women, who were their main source of income, are now choosing buses instead of autos.

    The City Auto & Motor Cab Drivers Welfare Society President, Mahmood Hussain Makke, expressed disappointment that the newly formed government did not address the long-standing issues faced by auto-rickshaw drivers. He called for an increase in fares and an annual permit for 15,000 autos. Mahmood Makke also suggested that the government finance vehicles through banks like SBI to reduce the burden on drivers with lower monthly installments and interest rates compared to other auto financiers.

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