A video capturing the emotional breakdown of an auto-rickshaw driver in Bengaluru due to low wages has gone viral on the internet. The clip, although in Kannada, has garnered significant attention and sparked a discussion on social media. The video claims that the auto-rickshaw driver’s earnings have been adversely affected by the free bus rides provided by the Congress government in Karnataka. However, the authenticity of the video remains unverified as there is no information regarding the location or the recording date.
Social Media Response and Debate
The viral video has generated a range of reactions on social media, with some individuals expressing support for the government’s initiative while others sympathize with the struggling auto-rickshaw driver. The clip has prompted a debate among netizens regarding the impact of free bus rides on the livelihoods of auto drivers.
In the video, the distressed auto-rickshaw driver can be heard sharing his plight, stating that he earned only Rs 40 in five hours of work from 8 am to 1 pm due to a lack of passengers. The caption accompanying the post shared on Twitter by user Zavier reads, “A Bengaluru auto driver in tears after collecting just Rs 40/- from 8 am to 1 pm. This is the result of free bus rides given by the new Cong govt in Karnataka. Pushing people into poverty.”
Since its circulation, the video has garnered considerable attention, amassing 124.5k views and generating numerous comments from concerned individuals. Users have shared their perspectives, with some highlighting the overcrowding of buses as a contributing factor to the auto-rickshaw driver’s low earnings. Others argue that the decision to provide free bus rides has both direct and indirect consequences, while some acknowledge that some auto drivers refuse to comply with requests despite it being against the law.
The discussion on social media reflects the contrasting opinions and viewpoints surrounding the government’s policy and its impact on the livelihoods of auto-rickshaw drivers.
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