A driver who’s only dependent upon taxi fares as his source of income finds it difficult to make the ends meet.
Bangalore: The work from home model of the IT industry has not only impacted the income of the cab drivers but also compelled them to take loans in order to cater the needs of their family.
According to a cab driver Prakash Kumar “Last year we used to earn Rs3000 a day but now we hardly earn Rs500. I have taken a loan of Rs2 lakh to fulfill the needs of my family. “
A driver who’s only dependent upon taxi fares as his source of income finds it difficult to make the ends meet as the number of passengers has reduced from eight in a day to hardly two now.
According to a commuter Sameer Dalvi “I have been working for the IT industry since a very long time. I used to take taxis before lockdown but since my company has gone work from home I no more commute to the services.”
As the pandemic hit many parts of the world, the IT sector in Bangalore shifted to a work from home model.
Many drivers have also lost their jobs and have thus started doing other jobs to earn some income.
According to Saarathi Shabarinath State President, Karnataka Chalakara Sene (R), “There were around 70,000 cab drivers with the
union, now only 5000 are left. There is almost 90 percent loss in their wages.”
As we are still in the middle of a pandemic and the people in the IT sector are working from home. The future of these cab drivers has become a big question.