Driver partners on Uber’s platform today began receiving the first batch of grants from INR 25 crores deposited by Uber into the Uber Care Driver Fund, created in partnership with Give India and Samhita, both leading social enterprises.
The Uber Care Driver Fund is directly transferring small grants into the accounts of thousands of driver partners every day to help them meet their immediate and essential family needs.
Uber aims to raise an additional INR 17 crores, to reach a combined target of INR 50 crore, through contributions from its employees, riders, CSR funds and citizens through a partnership with Milaap, a leading crowdfunding organization, to look after the welfare and wellbeing of driver partners on its platform.
So far, in a matter of just hours, Uber employees have shown great enthusiasm to the cause and already contributed INR 16 lakh to the fund. Besides all other driver partners, the fund will also disburse grants to UberMedic, Uber Essential and Uber’s last-mile delivery service drivers, who have recently been transporting frontline workers, providing essential rides to the elderly and moving everyday supplies to thousands of homes for helping contain the spread of COVID-19 across India.
Announcing details of this financial package, Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India and South Asia, said, “Driver partners are at the heart of our business and I have always said there is no Uber without drivers. Supporting driver communities has never been more important. We hope this first financial relief package for driver partners helps them and their families cover their immediate and urgent daily needs. In the coming days and weeks, we will first be fundraising, and then providing driver partners additional outright grants, from the Uber Care Driver Fund. Today, I’m appealing to millions of our riders, corporate partners, philanthropists as well as the general public to support our efforts and truly show they care.’’