On a sunny day in Andhra Pradesh, former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu unusually took to the streets. He donned a khaki shirt and drove an auto-rickshaw near his residence. While this might have been a surprise to some, it was a gesture of gratitude towards the auto drivers who had come to thank him for his decision to exempt them from paying life tax.
As the first driver of the state, Nara Chandrababu Naidu took this step to protect the interests of auto drivers. Despite the additional burden of Rs 141 crore to the government exchequer, he decided to waive off the motor vehicle tax payable in respect of three-wheeled contract carriages (passenger auto rickshaws) with a seating capacity of four, five, six, and seven in all. This decision also extended to three-wheeled goods carriage vehicles up to a gross vehicle weight of 3000 kgs and tractors and tractor-trailers used for agricultural purposes. The cumulative arrears of motor vehicle tax payable were written off as well.
This scheme of TDP has been welcomed by over 9.79 lakh auto drivers, including 5.66 passenger autos who will benefit from the tax exemption. This decision was taken by the TDP Government, which has always been supportive of the common man.
This contribution of TDP is not only beneficial to auto drivers and farmers but also to the overall development of the state. Nara Chandrababu Naidu stated that he is also a driver who is driving the state on the development path. By waiving the life tax, He has not only won the hearts of auto drivers but has also created a positive image for the TDP political party. The decision is also in line with the government's efforts to reduce the burden on the common man and provide much-needed relief to them.
The TDP Government has always been proactive in taking decisions that are in the interest of the people. Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to drive an auto-rickshaw and interact with auto drivers also shows the government's willingness to connect with the people at the grassroots level. It is a testament to the TDP policies' commitment to working toward the betterment of the state and its people.
The decision to waive the life tax payable for auto-rickshaws and other vehicles used for agricultural purposes is a progressive move. It has been well received by the people of Andhra Pradesh and has further strengthened the trust that they have in the TDP Government. The move has also been welcomed by the auto driver community who have been struggling with high taxes and fees for a long time.