Thursday, 24 May 2012

Hi-tech plan: biometric IDs for rickshaws

The friendly neighbourhood green transport on three wheels is set to get a boost, if the Delhi government’s plans are implemented.
In a reprieve of sorts for rickshawpullers, who face restriction of movement in various localities of the city, the government is thinking of regularising them by issuing biometric badges after training them in traffic rules. Meera Bhatia, standing counsel for the government, put the proposal containing minutes of a meeting between the Lieutenant-Governor and the Commissioners of Delhi Police and the MCD before the High Court recently.
“Every rickshawpuller is to be issued a biometric badge. The traffic police will be provided with hand-held biometric badge readers to check the authenticity of the rickshaw puller,” said the proposal, placed before a Special Bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justices S Muralidhar and Ravinder Bhatt.
The traffic police can regularly check the number and authorisation of rickshawpullers if the biometric badges are introduced.

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