A delegation comprising members of Transport Cooperative Societies of Ladakh led by the Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, today called on the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd), to take up the issues of local taxi operators. Secretary to LG, Ravinder Kumar and Secretary, Michael D’Souza, were present in the meeting.
Jamyang informed the LG that the Indian Army is not allowed to hire civil-owned commercial taxis, buses and trucks beyond the fixed years as mentioned in the policy of the Government of India. He also informed about the relaxation given to the civil-owned commercial taxis, buses and trucks of Ladakh by the concerned authorities for their hiring by the Army in the region. He requested the LG to take up the matter of considering the fitness certificate of the vehicles and not consider their age while hiring these vehicles for various purposes by the Army.
Jamyang informed the LG about the terms and conditions of the Army for civil-hired transport contracts of the Indian Army on Government e-Market (GeM) platform. He also informed about the challenges faced by the local transport societies/associations in applying for contracts on GeM and requested the LG’s intervention in ensuring that these local transport societies are hired based on contracts/ agreements.
The LG spoke to GOC 14 Corps, Lt Gen Rashim Bali and asked him to instruct the concerned Army official to get in touch with the MP Ladakh and provide all possible assistance to the transport societies regarding their hiring for various purposes by the Army which are within the rule of law.