Delhi's Transport Minister, Satyendra Jain met with Ola and Uber representatives and “firmly conveyed to the companies to look into the problems faced by drivers, including the demand for a reasonable compensation with regard to the incurred cost of operation”.
On Thursday, Uber and Ola cabs were available at much higher fares and a consumer could wait for anytime between 20-25 minutes instead of 3-5 minutes as earlier. The strike is not showing signs of calling off and is entering its seventh day. The strike has been called by 75 per cent of Delhi’s cab drivers to protest against Rs 6 per km charges by the black and yellow taxi service. Ola in a statement said, “We are seeing more drivers getting back on the Ola platform over the last 48 hours… The situation has begun to improve.” Uber refused to comment, according to Indian Express.
The Delhi government held talks with the aggregators on Tuesday and asked them to look into the drivers’ demands. Kamaljeet Gill, president of the Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD), said, “We will be meeting Transport Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday because Ola and Uber have not conceded to any of our demands.” SDAD has been at the forefront of the agitation which has lasted for nearly a week. They also met the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief, Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday, he said, “I have asked the drivers for their demands so that I can study them before deciding how to help.”
Delhi’s Transport Minister, Satyendra Jain met with Ola and Uber representatives and “firmly conveyed to the companies to look into the problems faced by drivers, including the demand for a reasonable compensation with regard to the incurred cost of operation”.
Brief of what cabbies want :
Increase fare from Rs 6 km/h to Rs 14 km/hr for vehicles in the ‘prime’ segment.
Increase fare for additional ride time charges from Rs 1 km/h and 1.5 km/h to Rs 2 km/h
Reduce commission charged by the company from 25 per cent to 10 per cent
Relax the fine of Rs 500, charged from the driver who denies duty
Drivers must be paid Rs 3/min for waiting for a ride