Where it all began? Well, do you remember the suicide case of a Muslim Uber driver last year? In December 2015, the State Minorities Commission (SMC) issued notices to the transport department, the police and Uber after it was said that the cab company allegedly cheated the driver.
Syed Nizamuddin, Telangana State Cabs and Bus Operators Association President, had claimed that the Muslim driver committed suicide as Uber had promised him a monthly salary of Rs 70,000 and failed to do so. And since the driver was Muslim the case was taken up by the SMC.
Then, Uber partnered with the Tata Group to enable the drivers to purchase their own cars using flexible loans. Uber and Ola classified their drivers as ‘self-employed partners’ rather than employees. This move was followed by strikes by unions against the cab companies, claiming that the new scheme was unfair to them, and that Uber was favouring the drivers who got cabs under the new one.
Therefore, State Minority Finance Corporation started this ‘driver empowerment program’, which will give financial Assistance to drivers of non-Hindu communities to buy their own cars, which will be with Uber.
And Uber agreed to this probably they had been accused of pushing a Muslim driver to suicide.