All Assam Cab Operators’ Union president Ismail Ali said, “It has become tough for our drivers to earn a living with the Internet services being suspended for nearly a week.”
Bidyut Deka, who drives a car under Uber, said, “This is the only source of income for our families and the suspension of mobile Internet services has affected them.”
“With the Internet down for so long, how will we feed our families? This government, before coming to power, had promised us employment but now it seems we are being left jobless. The government needs to look at us too. If they are concerned about social media misuse, they should use technology to block it but at least give Internet access for our apps,” another driver, Pradip Deuri, said.
Simanta Goswami drives a car under Ola and has given employment to two other drivers.
“We can take passengers without the app but on what basis will we charge them? If we charge them whatever we want, then the customers will feel cheated. We use the app so that customers know what exactly they are paying for,” he said.
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