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Online cab aggregators Ola and Uber will reportedly discontine their services in the city of Guwahati from February 1. According to a report by The Meghalayan, All Assam Cab Mazdoor Sangha has called out a boycott  for the ride-hailing services in protest against the alleged harassment of cab drivers by the cab aggregators. As per the reort, 18,000 cab operators will stop providing Ola and Uber services. In addition, more than 16,000 Rapido bike riders will also stop operations from today.

Ola and Uber started operations in Assam in 2015. In the first year, they gave us good incentives. But in later days they started harassment of cab drivers. They started taking 40 to 60 per cent of the commission from cab drivers per trip. This is not reasonable," All Assam Cab Mazdoor Sangha general secretary Jyotish Deka said.

Ola, on the other hand, claims that the company's commission is 20% or lesser. The partners are paid before 12 noon the very next day, it further says.

“They are also taking the dynamic price from us. If we pay such a commission, nothing is left for us. We work for 18-20 hours. We have to pay installments in the banks and finance companies for loans against vehicles and maintain our family also," Deka added.

For now, the cab services will be available through two local cab operators- Pei India and AM2 in Guwahati city.

In a statement to LiveMint, Ola says that despite the boycott call, its services are running seamlessly as it ‘is not followed by a majority of micro-entrepreneurs who work with Ola across the country’.

One of the major demands of the All Assam Cab Mazdoor Sangha is security for the cab drivers on duty. “Under the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines 2020, health insurance and provident fund are to be provided to the cab drivers. But they are not implementing this clause. We also demand security for the cab drivers on duty," Deka further said.

Deka says that they have submitted representations to the transport minister, transport commissioner and deputy commissioner on many occasions. But there was no response.

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