Drivers of app-based cab aggregator services such as Ola and Uber called a strike in the national Capital on Monday demanding higher incentives and better work conditions. They were backed by the drivers of all-India permit cabs.
‘Drivers are struggling’
The strike was called by the Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), which claims to represent over 20,000 taxi drivers in the NCR and the Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters’ Association (DTTTA), which has around 50,000 driver members. The agitation was supported by formed Delhi Cabinet Minister Kapil Mishra.
“The policies of Ola and Uber are compromising the interests of drivers who are now struggling to make ends meet,” the SDAD said in a statement.
The protest march on Monday started from outside Bal Bhawan at ITO and was supposed to continue till Jantar Mantar. However, the protesters were stopped by the police due to lack of proper permissions.
“We have submitted a memo and marked it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” said Sanjay Samrat, DTTTA chief.
Though the associations claimed that over one lakh drivers participated in the strike, services of Ola and Uber weren’t badly affected.