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State Minorities Commission Summons Uber in ‘False Promises’ Case

State Minorities Commission (SMC) summoned general manager of Uber India Systems Pvt. Ltd over compliant from Telangana State Cabs and Bus operators Association (TSCBA).

The petition, filed before SMC by President of TSCBA Syed Nizamuddin, complaining against the policies and actions of Uber taxi services.

According to Nizamuddin, there were about 20,000 taxies contracted  to work for Uber Company, out of which 6 to 7 thousand were from for Muslim and Christian minority communities.

“The Uber Company had promised Rs.70,000/- as monthly income to taxi drivers, on purchase of their own cabs, to be used for and as Uber taxi services, along with promising other incentives,” the petitioner stated.

“With the result, drivers who were working on monthly salary, in different companies, got attracted and lured by the Uber Company’s offers, pledged their personal assets to raise their margin money so as to purchase the taxis on hire-purchase basis.”

The company closed down its operations in a phased manner leaving drivers in a “lurch, suffering severe financial problems and losss and burden in maintaining their families.”

“One driver Mr. Mohammed Zaheeruddin who purchased a new car, bearing number TS/15 UA 2548 committed suicide unable to bear financial problems,” the petition mentioned.

The SMC has summoned Dy.Commissioner of Police, East Zone, Hyderabad and Transport Commissioner, Govt. of Telangana, Hyderabad, along with General Manager of Uber. The case is scheduled to be heared on January 04, 2016 at 11.30 am.

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