Volume 10 (01), January 2024
SOCIO ECONOMIC STUDY OF AUTO RICKSHAW DRIVERS: A CASE STUDY OF CHURU CITY, RAJASTHAN
This research article delves into the socioeconomic aspects of auto-rickshaw drivers in Churu City, Rajasthan state, India, shedding light on the challenges they face and their impact on the livelihoods of this crucial workforce. Auto-rickshaws, a ubiquitous mode of public transportation in many Indian cities, play a significant role in the urban transport ecosystem. This study aims to provide insights into the socio-economic conditions of auto-rickshaw drivers, their challenges, and potential avenues for improvement. Auto-rickshaw drivers form an essential yet often marginalized segment of India’s urban transportation workforce. This research delves into the socio-economic conditions and challenges faced by auto-rickshaw drivers, aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of their livelihoods. Through a mixed-methods approach, including surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions, the study examines income disparities, working conditions, legal ambiguities, and social stigmas affecting this group. Preliminary findings highlight irregular income patterns, precarious working conditions, and the absence of legal protection. The study also uncovers the social stigma associated with the profession, impacting the mental wellbeing of auto-rickshaw drivers. The research concludes with targeted recommendations, emphasizing the need for policy interventions, improved working conditions, and community awareness programs to address the socio-economic challenges faced by auto-rickshaw drivers in India.