July 17, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: As per a press release by the Punjab government, CM Captain Amarinder Singh will flag off the first set of 100 Uber bike taxis under a new scheme.
Uber’s South Asia Public Policy Director Shweta Rajpal Kohli called on the Chief Minister here on Monday to finalise the launch of the scheme, which will create another 10,000 livelihood opportunities in Punjab in the next one year. A total of 45000 jobs will be created under this scheme in the next five years, Kohli said after meeting Captain Amarinder.
Captain Amarinder had reportedly given the go-ahead to the launch of bike taxis in the state in May as part of the government’s `Apni Gaddi, Apna Rozgar’ programme.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said after Monday’s meeting with the Uber representative that the company was also considering starting 7-seater vans in Punjab.
“Uber has been present in the state for the past three years and has already created 10,000 jobs, Kohli said, adding that its new biksharing product – UberMoto – was in line with the company’s commitment to provide affordable mobility options for riders and low entry barrier micro entrepreneurship opportunities for drivers”, reads the statement.
Rajpal Kohali thanked the chief minister for agreeing to grace the launch of UberMoto in Mohali on July 24, the statement reads further.
Under the policy, currently in the process of finalisation by the Transport Department, existing and new motorcycle owners will be able to get commercial permits and licences to run two-wheelers as pillion taxis. Requiring minimal investment, the scheme is expected to create a major avenue for the unemployed youth to start their own business, the spokesperson explained.
As an additional advantage, the scheme, which is already running successfully in some other states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal, Haryana, will also help reduce vehicular traffic pressure on the roads, besides controlling pollution, the spokesperson claimed.