Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday assured that auto-rickshaw drivers that their pending challans will be waived as he heard their grievances here. He announced that the new registration certificates would be issued soon to prevent their harassment.
Channi met a group of auto-rickshaw drivers at the Gill chowk area.
His meeting with them came hours before AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's "Auto Samwad programme".
Kejriwal in Moga had even taken a dig at Channi for meeting auto-rickshaw drivers before his proposed interaction with them.
Channi halted on his way to the grain market to listen to problems of the auto-rickshaw drivers, according to an official release.
Channi accompanied by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu took a wooden bench to sit amongst auto-rickshaw owners and interacted with them.
Channi also relished tea offered by them.
During his interaction, the CM assured them to consider their genuine demands sympathetically.
Channi also addressed the gathering and told them that during his initial days, he himself had driven an auto-rickshaw.
He also announced that their pending challans will be waived.
Channi asked them to follow traffic rules and acceded to their demand of drawing a yellow line, exclusively for the plying of auto-rickshaws.
Besides Channi and Sidhu, ministers Manpreet Singh Badal and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLAs Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Sanjay Talwar and Lakhbir Singh Lakha were also present.