On February 4th, the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines 2020 announced in the Union Budget was a subject of major concern.
The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers (IFAT) demanded that the government should provide incentives and subsidies for compliance with the Voluntary Scrapping Policy.
Also, the Guidelines drafted have not been inclusive in nature as it excludes food and goods delivery workers and women drivers who are part of gig and platform work.
The Motor Vehicle Guidelines integrates Social Security in the form of insurance (health and term) for the Drivers but fails to elaborate on how the workers will be able to access these schemes.
Further, it does not convey whether the Government will monitor and audit the aggregators to ensure compliance and implementation.
IFAT sought clarity over the proposal to extend social security benefits to gig workers announced in the Budget.
Last year, on November 25th, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines 2020.
According to IFAT’s secretary, accountability and responsibility of the Aggregator providing transport and logistic services should not be only towards the customers but also for its workers.
IFAT is working extensively to champion the Labour rights of workers driving and riding for companies like Ola, Uber, Swiggy, Zomato etc.
It is committed to work for the interest of app-based transport and delivery workers through organizing, campaigning and collaborating with unions.
The aim is to create decent work conditions, policy formulation and regulation through advocacy and labour activism.
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