2019 Volume 4 Issue 2 Pages 117-126
The paper proposes to present the silent revolution taking place in India related to battery-powered e-rickshaws. Though many State and Central Governments did come forward with some schemes to promote e-rickshaws, the main reason for this rapid growth has been the opportunity of self-employment (as drivers) for uneducated and poor people, who migrated to cities in search of livelihood. Taking advantage of this, many manufacturers started producing e-rickshaws with low-cost parts imported from China. These manufacturing factories along with their ancillary units and distribution centres also provided jobs to a large number of semi-skilled persons. Some agencies provided further growth by purchasing a large number of e-rickshaws and giving these on rent to the poor people. But still there are possibilities of further growth if Central/State Governments and manufacturers can take some measures, recommended in the paper.