RTO to conduct Marathi test for auto permits from Monday
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.