32nd Drivers Day: Financial aid handed to eight families of deceased drivers

The Drivers Day was held in Imphal in honour of all the deceased drivers of AMRTDMWU

The All Manipur Road Transport Drivers’ and Motor Workers’ Union observed the ‘32nd Driver’s day’ to honour and commemorate the deceased drivers at its office located at MG Avenue, Imphal on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, general secretary of the union, Anil Maimom said the drivers have been playing a big part in society but they have been always victimised by highway looters. Drivers do not have enemies and they are serving the people, he said.

Drivers have been transporting essential commodities but they have been harassed by both armed and unarmed highway looters, he added.
Unable to bear the harassment, a mass agitation was carried at Koirengei airfield, Imphal East in 1990, he said. The day has been observed annually as ‘Drivers’ Day’ ever since to honour the departed souls, said Anil.

Since 1990, a total of 263 drivers have expired, he said. In addition, another eight drivers expired last year. To honour the drivers and as assistance, the union handed over a sum of Rs. 10,000 to the 8 family members and the union will assist in claiming the insurance amount for the families, he said.

Anil further said that four driver pensioners were given necessary assistance from the union. Adding that any sort of problems of drivers will be faced by the union, he added.

As a part of the function, floral tributes were paid to the drivers who had expired by their family members and members of the union.

First Published:Jan. 15, 2021, 9:38 a.m.

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