The Auto Rickshaw Drivers on Friday drove down to Gandhinagar to meet chief Minister Narendra Modi and make representation for reducing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on CNG.
The drivers were led by Auto Rickshaw Drivers' Andolan Samiti, which handed over a memorandum of their demands to state urban minister Nitin Patel.
The samiti had decided to hand over a memorandum to Modi. But later they gave the memorandum to Patel . The samiti members demanded that in 2005 when the CNG was made compulsory for the rickshaws, the price per kg was Rs 22.50. However, in the last seven years, there has been an increase in the prices on 30 occasions and now the price is Rs 53 per kg.
The samiti members said that if the government fails to reduce VAT on CNG, they will be forced to launch a state wide strike.