Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union leader Ashok Shetty addressing mediapersons said that GPS would have to be installed which would provide security not only to the passengers but to the drivers’ as well. Moreover, displaying advertisements could help the drivers’ earn an additional income of about Rs 1,500 a month.
To meet financial requirements, the Kudla Souharda Sahakari (KSS), a cooperative of autorickshaw drivers has implemented several schemes which will help in meeting the technological demands. Training will be provided and a call centre will be set up to help customers. KSS has pioneered this initiative with seven vehicles and there are plans to bring at least 200 vehicles into the Paytm fold shortly, according to Sahakari President Prakash.
Mangaluru Senior Citizens Association General Secretary K. Ramesh Rao flagged off the Paytm autorickshaws.