Zaheeruddin, a driver with Uber, had committed suicide due to alleged cheating by the company's management

Uber gets notice from minorities commission over drivers suicideImage: Facebook/Uber
news Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 07:47

The Minorities Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to the general manager, Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd, the East Zone deputy commissioner of police, Hyderabad and the Telangana transport commissioner, in connection with a case in which an Uber driver had committed suicide.

The commission was looking into a complaint filed by the Telangana State Cabs and Bus Operators Association president Syed Nizamuddin seeking action against the app-based taxi service, and alleging inaction of the authorities following the death of driver Zaheeruddin, who had committed suicide due to alleged cheating by the Uber management, Deccan Chronicle reported.

Nizamuddin went on to add that the Uber management had promised Rs 70,000 as monthly income to its drivers who purchase their own cabs and many drivers sold their personal assets to raise money and join the scheme.

However, the company soon allegedly started closing its shutters in a phased manner, leaving the drivers with severe financial problems.

In fact, it was due to this that hundreds of Uber drivers held a protest at the Hyderabad International Conventional Centre, just outside the online taxi company’s Hyderabad headquarters in August.

“When most of us joined Uber we were told we would be given money for referring others, we were also promised incentives. From earning Rs 25,000- 30,000 per week (including fuel charges) when we first started working with Uber, now most of us earn just Rs 7,000- 15,000 per week. They have hired too many drivers. Many drivers took loans, mortgaged what they had to buy new cars, and now there are too many taxis and less rides for each taxi,” Nizamuddin had earlier told The News Minute.

The case has been posted to January 1, 2016.


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