- Panchayats have no authority to stop App Based Taxi Service in the Village: Goamiles
Panjim, June 1: In a press statement issued today, GTDC’s initiative, Goamiles, the app based taxi service has strongly protested against moves being made by North based village panchayat in Anjuna-Caisua to deem its operations within its jurisdiction as illegal.
This is with reference to the agenda drawn up for an extra ordinary gram sabha to be held on Sunday, 2nd June 2019, by the Anjuna- Caisua Panchayat which is threatening the existence of this taxi business.
Goamiles has strongly advocated its existence supported by the Goa government which it emphasizes is also providing employment to hundreds of taxi owners/drivers from the village.
Goamiles, the app based taxi service is a part of Goa Tourism’s initiative to provide affordable transport services to tourists as well as locals in the Goa, states a press release issued today.
Goamiles has expressed regret that lately lots of people with vested interests are working against this initiative and creating lots of trouble for the taxi owners/drivers who have opted to be a part of the Goamiles service.
According to Mr. Justine Nunes, spokesperson of Goamiles, the app based service operates on three major principles: No Commission from driver’s pocket, No peak hour surcharges to passengers and day time fixed rates to the taxi owners with 35% increase in night charges.
According to the reports, the village panchayat of Anjuna-Caisua has called for an extra ordinary meeting of the gram sabha to pass a resolution against the Goamiles app based taxi service in the state.
Goamiles has strongly criticized this move as against the law and beyond the scope of a village panchayat.
It further points that this move will affect hundreds of families in the village who are connected with the app based service and earning a livelihood to support their families.
According to Mr. Nunes, in the writ petition filed by the TTAG (Writ Petition Number 468 of 2005) “The learned Counsel appearing for the Panchayat submits that the Panchayat will not in any manner curb the business of the Petitioners or Respondent No.7 contrary to law and their respective Fundamental Rights as guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution of India except for regulating it in the interest of the Panchayat. It is made clear that the Panchayats have no authority to restrict the business carried out by the Petitioners (TTAG) and Respondent No.7 by such Resolution which would create monopoly in favour of either of the parties and thereby deprive the right of the others who are in the business except for regulating their entry and exit in their jurisdiction in larger public interest.”
“The legal terms are clear. Many of the app based taxi owners and drivers are also part of the village panchayat and the resolution passed by the panchayats will adversely affect their interests,” said Mr. Nunes.
“Goamiles is an authorized business initiative drafted and crafted by Goa Tourism Development Corporation. This initiative is mainly in the interest of Goan taxi owners and tourists visiting Goa to have a win-win situation for all stakeholders. We feel this successful concept has been misunderstood by some local taxi owners due to vested interests of few,” Nunes said.