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TN auto drivers quitting profession over rising fuel prices, post-Covid issues
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TN auto drivers quitting profession over rising fuel prices, post-Covid issues
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Chennai, July 20 (TIWN) With fuel prices touching an all-time high and Covid-19 leading to shutdown of businesses, auto drivers in Tamil Nadu are calling it a day.

Mohammed Shabeer, an auto-rickshaw driver from T. Nagar in Chennai, told IANS, “Yes I have already sold my auto and am planning to work in some shop to support my family. Fuel prices are touching an all-time high and are increasing daily so we don’t have any other option other than quitting. I have not paid my EMI for the past four months and have sold all the gold available at home. Hence, I thought that it is better to quit rather than move on with huge losses.”  “Banks never showed any leniency even after the markets were shut for more than two months due to Covid-19 coupled with hiked fuel prices. I have decided after long thought to call it a day. I can’t carry on with these liabilities,” Shabeer added.  The trade unions are of the opinion that the auto-rickshaw drivers are not in a position to carry on their day-to-day activities after the daily fuel price hike.

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