Ola counters Uber, aims to skill 50 lakh drivers in India

Ola counters Uber, aims to skill 50 lakh drivers in India

In a stiff competition, Ola is now all set to skill over 50 lakh drivers in India. The new projection is aimed to be fulfilled by the next five years and would help the India-grown startup rival US taxi startup Uber.

CEO Bhavish Aggarwal on Monday announced the new projection at the launch of India’s first dedicated training centres for drivers in partnership with Rise India, NSDC and Ola. “We believe that skilling will be a key driver to create sustainable livelihoods for a young India,” Aggarwal said while addressing the audience in Chapra, Bihar.

“The mobility sector in the country is seeing phenomenal growth and has the potential to empower aspiring individuals from all walks of life to become micro-entrepreneurs. Ola’s association with this initiative aims to positively impact the livelihoods of hundreds and thousands of driver entrepreneurs, to realise our mission of building mobility for a billion Indians,” he added.

In addition to the new skill development programme, Bengaluru-based Ola is offering capital, insurance and vehicles to drivers in the country through its various tie-ups with financial institutions and car manufacturers.

Ola isn’t the only cab provider to offer benefits to Indian drivers. Uber is also gaining popularity on the same field with its various programmes. In 2014, the San Francisco-headquartered company launched its vehicle financing programme for driver entrepreneurs in the country.

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