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Ola-Uber drivers say no help received yet

Cab aggregators, on the other hand, cite figures and tactics in which funds are dispensed

The downscaling of operations all over the pandemic has became out to be harsh for lots of businesses. Among them are the cab aggregators — Old and Uber — which can be left on the mercy of donations for his or her drivers, who've been hit hard because of dearth of day by day income. However, in Pune, the reality is some distance from other as these workers have now not won assist even after drawing near their corporations.

Shreekant Honkalas, a 31-year-old driver who has been with Ola for 5 years, mentioned, “The money that earned would be spent on rent and other essentials, leaving with me no savings. Thus, I am left with not anything in the provide circumstances. When I reached out to the company for lend a hand, I won no response. This is the case with each and every person in our union. Since I had no money to pay the rent I returned to my native place in Solapur.”

Ganesh Khote, a 27-year-old related to Ola, too, used to be forced to go back to Beed since he had now not manner to sustain. He is worried a couple of non-public loan he has to buckle down and do — and is extra so fearful with Ola’s noncooperation. “I have been a sufferer of the company on a number of occasions; that they had taken away my automotive and I was forced to force an auto,” he mentioned.

Uber claims to have helped over 55,000 drivers. But, their Pune staff claim to have won no advantages.

Sagar Rajaram Khandekar, a 31-year-old Uber driver, who has a circle of relatives of five to feed had to go back to Sangli since he had no money for essentials. He has a small farm where vegetation will also be grown, but differently he has no financial safety coupled with lack of lend a hand from the company.

The simplest hope for these groundlevel staff is now lend a hand from the state executive, believes Navin Karne, the leader of an Ola/Uber union group in the town. Many of the groups have taken their concerns to the authorities taken with hope of a solution.

Karne mentioned, “Ola and Uber are thankfully advertising and marketing and spreading false information that they're lending a helping hand to folks. It isn't true. In truth, the aid is being won through very few — they would like the government to believe that we are looked after.”

However, the cab aggregators chose to talk figures with a view to beef up their claims. A spokesperson from Ola mentioned that pre-approved credit up to Rs 3,600 is being dispensed over 3 weeks with out passion to drivers operating auto-rickshaws, cabs, kaali-peelis and taxis on the Ola platform. “This distinctive offering is tailor-made for Ola driver-partners and will lend a hand cope with fast liquidity wishes of over 1,00,000 households,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Apart from this, the company also claims that the workers have contributed initial capital of Rs 20 crore towards the driving force’s fund and co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal will forego wage for one year.

Uber reiterated the fact that it has helped 55,000 drivers from the Uber Care Driver Fund, which it arrange with an initial dedication of Rs 25 crore, to beef up drivers amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. “More than 23,000 Uber riders and workers have already contributed Rs 2.15 crores. Non-governmental organisations and companies have donated an extra amount of Rs four.28 crore, which has already been deposited into the accounts of drivers,” the spokesperson mentioned.

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