Maharashtra government on 15 September 2015 issued an order stating that the state government will give away one lakh new auto-rickshaw permits for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), but only to those applicants who speak Marathi. The new permits will be issued from 1 November 2015.
For availing the auto-rickshaw permit, the applicant must speak Marathi and should have a domicile certificate to show that he has been a resident of the state for the past 15 years. Apart from knowing Marathi language, applicant should be 8th class pass.
For the MMR region, 1 lakh permits will be issued and for few other cities such as Solapur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad around 7500 permits will be issued. Also, the new auto-rickshaws would have GPS and RPRS system installed.
Moreover, the state government also gave the old permit holders time till October 2015 to renew their expired auto-rickshaw permits by paying a penalty of up to 20000 rupees.
Although this rule that the permit holder should know the local language always existed, but it was rarely followed. The last permits were issued in 1997.
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When: 15 September 2015