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The hand-pulled rickshaw of Calcutta, immortalised by Dominic Lapierre's famous novel, City of Joy, will soon be a part of the history books as a bill passed by the West Bengal state assembly described the centuries-old mode of transport as "inhumane.".The future of about 18,000 rickshaw pullers in the city, earning an avarage daily wages of about 100 rupees ($2.5).is unclear as they call for a compensation package to help them rehabilitate into alternative jobs.

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Kolkata's Rickshaw Pullers
The hand-pulled rickshaw of Calcutta, immortalised by Dominic Lapierre's famous novel, City of Joy, will soon be a part of the history books as a bill passed by the West Bengal state assembly described the centuries-old mode of transport as "inhumane.".The future of about 18,000 rickshaw pullers in the city, earning an avarage daily wages of about 100 rupees ($2.5).is unclear as they call for a compensation package to help them rehabilitate into alternative jobs.