New Delhi, Mar 18: Ola and Uber drivers launched a strike in several parts of the country from Sunday midnight. People of major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune among others will bear the brunt of the protest by drivers of app-based cab aggregators against big assurances given to them. They say that the companies are not able to cover their costs even. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Downpour in Parts of Maharashtra Amid IMD Red Alert, High Tide of 4.5 Seen; Walls Collapse in Thane

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  • The strike is being organised by Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena. He has accused Ola and Uber of not being able to cover the costs of the drivers.
  • “Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh each and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies,” Naik said while speaking to PTI.
  • The strike by Ola, Uber drivers will hit cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad among others. People depending on these cabs will be facing major problems in commuting. Major amount of users of the services of Ola and Uber include office goers.
  • It is being alleged that both of these taxi-hailing companies give first priority to the company-owned cars rather than driver-owned vehicles due to which a huge slump has been witnessed in their business.
  • Naik accused Ola and Uber of offering loan-guarantee letters to drivers through the Mudra scheme and that too without any verification. “They were defaulting on repayment as their costs were not covered,” he said.
  • Ola, Uber drivers have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met.
  • The transport wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has also announced its support to drivers working in partnership with Ola and Uber over alleged non-payment of dues.
  • Ola, Uber drivers’ strike is being supported by Mumbai Taximen Union as well. They have demanded a strict action against both of the app-based taxi-aggregators.
  • “These taxi-hailing companies are violating permit conditions and also encroaching on the taxi-rickshaw business. It is good they are going on strike,” Al Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taximen’s Union said.
  • Meanwhile, Ola has not issued any statement on the allegations and the call for strike by its drivers. However, Uber spokesperson has termed the strike call as a speculative.
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