| A pre-paid auto carries passengers outside Cuttack railway station. Picture by Badrika Nath das |
Cuttack, Dec. 19: The Traffic Management Committee for the city, constituted by Orissa High Court, will shortly provide insurance cover to drivers operating under the prepaid autorickshaw system.
“Around 210 drivers, enrolled under the system introduced at Cuttack Railway Station, will be covered under the Janatha Personal Accident Scheme’s group policy,” assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Krushna Chandra Samal told The Telegraph.
The policy provides compensation for death or disablement with the insurance period being one year. Capital sum insured per person will be between Rs 25,000 and Rs 1 lakh.
“The committee has decided to pay the premium amount from the user charges collected from drivers per ticket,” Samal said. The prepaid autorickshaw system was introduced in October 2 last year. Police, who control the system, have since been collecting Rs 2 for each ticket at the two special counters at gate No. 1 and 2 of the railway station.
By November, the committee had generated Rs 4.55 lakh from user-fee collection after meeting expenses towards printing and binding of receipt books for the counters.
“Cuttack has the distinction of being the only place in the state where prepaid autorickshaw service has been introduced so far. Providing insurance cover to the drivers engaged in the system is another creditable move,” said Subash Singh, president of the All Odisha Auto Chalaka Mahasangha.
A sub-committee, constituted for prepaid autorickshaw counters, is preparing a list of autodrivers to pay the premium amount, official sources said.
“We are happy that the drivers will be provided insurance coverage as it will create a sense of security among them,” said Basudev Das, secretary of the Maa Tarini Auto Association.