The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has directed the Transport Department of Delhi Government to clear the list of all the eligible beneficiaries of the financial assistance scheme announced for the auto rickshaw drivers within 10 days by depositing a sum of ?5000 in their bank accounts.
The delhi High court observed that:
‘We are of the opinion that already enough time has been taken by the respondent No.4/Transport Department to release the assistance package as the scheme was announced in early April, 2020 and now, it is already end of May, 2020.’
The order has come in a PIL filed by Nayee Soch Society seeking a direction to be issued to the Transport, Govt of NCT of Delhi to provide a onetime financial assistance of ?5,000/- to lifetime Public Service Vehicles (PSV) badge holders.
The Petitioner submitted that despite multiple representations before the Transport Department, many eligible PSV badge holders have not been provided with the promised financial assistance.
The concerned department further stated in its affidavit that has identified 11780 applicants holding non-chip PSV badges through a separate web portal developed for such applicants and out of the said 11780 eligible applicants, a sum of Rs.5,000/- has already been deposited directly in the bank accounts of 4835 persons which includes persons mentioned in para 15 of the writ petition.
While disposing of the petition, the court did not grant the 15 days period sought by the Transport Department to complete the said process. However, the court instead granted it a period of 10 days to identify all the beneficiaries and transfer financial assistance to their bank accounts.
Read the order here: