RTO to con­duct Marathi test for auto per­mits from Mon­day

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Navi Mum­bai RTO will con­duct oral Marathi test and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments from Mon­day as part of the process to is­sue au­torick­shaw per­mits.

The process is be­ing con­ducted for those whose names have been short­listed through a draw of lots. The test will be con­ducted in front of as­sis­tant re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer and jour­nal­ists.

The ver­i­fi­ca­tion and test will be con­ducted from 10am will be held at RTO test­ing ground in the APMC mar­ket area.

New au­torick­shaw per­mits are go­ing to be is­sued in MMR re­gions of Mum­bai and Thane ar­eas. There is a 5% reser­va­tion for women in the per­mits. How­ever, with very lit­tle re­sponse from them, there are fears that over 1,000 much sought af­ter per­mits go waste.

Au­torick­shaw per­mits were last is­sued in 2014 in MMR area through draws.

This time, too, a sim­i­lar process was un­der­taken. A to­tal of 35,288 per­mits are go­ing to be is­sued. 1764 per­mits have to be dis­trib­uted to women, how­ever, just around 400 ap­pli­ca­tions are from women.

Deputy re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer San­jay Dhaigude, “In 2014, a to­tal of 2,087 au­torick­shaw per­mits had been is­sued in Navi Mum­bai. In 2016, 1,943 auto per­mits are to be is­sued. Only 63 women have ap­plied for the per­mits while 104 can ap­ply.”

Dhaigude said, “This year, RTO depart­ment will con­duct Marathi lan­guage test and the panel in­cludes six me­dia per­son­nel. As per the high court or­ders, the en­tire process will be videographed and only au­tho­rised per­son­nel will be al­lowed en­try in the des­ig­nated area.”

He added, “Ap­pli­cants should be present with their en­tire set of doc­u­ments. They should not con­tact any agents or or­gan­i­sa­tions for help. Pref­er­ence will be given to women, but they should come on the days al­lot­ted to them. Their tests will not be con­ducted on other days.”

Dhaigude said, “Only those who have knowl­edge of Marathi will fi­nally be given per­mit.”

The ver­i­fi­ca­tions and is­sue of in­tent let­ters will be done till March 5.

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