Drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola have susceptible to go on an indefinite strike. It is from the midnight of March 18th. The strike is expected to be observed in key cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune among other cities.
“Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are incapable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month. But are unable to even make half of this.
Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, who is organizing the strike told a leading news agency. This is due to mismanagement by these companies,”
Naik further supposed that these taxi-hailing companies are giving first priority to company-owned cars as compared to driver-owned vehicles. It causes a fall in their business.
While taxi-hailing companies presented loan-guarantee letters to drivers through the Mudra scheme and that too without any verification. Also, they are defaulting on repayment now as their costs are not covered.
Drivers have sold their jewelry to purchase a car
In Mumbai alone, there are over 45,000 cabs on these aggregators. But due to the fall in business, there has been a fall of 20 percent in the number of cabs running on these platforms in the city.
They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month. But drivers are impotent to make even half of this. It is due to the mismanagement by these companies,” Sanjay Naik continued saying.
Sanjay Naik, president of the MNS transport said, “These drivers have sold their jewelry and given up their savings to purchase their cars and work in partnership with Ola and Uber.
If he does not listen, we will handle it MNS-style
Now, the Mumbai Police have stepped in too. And the notices of section 149 of CrPC have been issued to Sanjay Naik, president, Arif Shaikh and Nitin Nandgaokar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena as preventive action.
As per the Pandit Thorat, senior inspector of the Andheri police station is Sanjay Naik and others disrupt any orders, they are accountable to be accused”.
Also, more than a few media reports cited Naik as saying that if any Ola or Uber driver is found violating the strike, “we will request him with folded hands…
If he does not listen, we will handle it MNS-style.”