Uber Plans to Hire Drivers From The Govt’s National Career Service

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Uber Plans to Hire Drivers From The Govt’s National Career Service

Uber is turning to the National Career Service (NCS) portal, to source credible drivers in order to expand their operations in the country.

The NCS claims to have a pool of job-seekers, verified and authenticated by the government. A senior labour ministry official reportedly told Economic Times that Uber executives are in talks with the government to explore the possibility of roping in drivers through the portal.

Uber has told ET that it is in talks with the ministry and is “exploring areas of collaboration with the labour ministry with the goal to provide easy access to economic opportunities for drivers, individuals and budding living in remote areas of the country.”

“Individuals who register on the NCS platform are also required to input their verified Aadhaar identification and this collaboration will further strengthen Uber’s commitment to safety,” said, a spokesperson from Uber. [source]

In the past number of years, Uber has introduced several pilot projects in India that saw some notable success. The pilot programs, often arise out of challenges that Uber faces in the Indian market.

Uber’s Debut Products in India Introduced in Other Countries

Uber, which originally was against the introduction of cash payments in India, introduced the feature recently after its pilot project in Hyderabad saw 80% users preferring cash payments.Now the option is available in Vietnam and Nairobi and is expected to hit other countries sooner.

UberGo, which uses hatchbacks cars, was developed in India as the country provided the biggest market to the hatchback service.  That product is now available in Turkey.

Uber announced a global partnership with SafetiPin, a Delhi startup that alerts cab operators and police by sending out an SOS during a crisis. The feature was first introduced in India and expanded to some 50 cities in Africa, South America and Asia through the partnership.

Wi-Fi in cabs was also firstly introduced as a pilot project in Mumbai a month ago. Now it is to be expanded to all other Indian cities as well as in Manila.

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