Following the commitment of creating 5000 entrepreneurial opportunities, Ola, India’s leading and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, announced handed over the first 50 cars to driver partners on its platform in Kolkata. The initiative falls in line with the MoU signed with the West Bengal Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (WBTIDCL) and Ola to create 5000 employment opportunities. The MoU was signed earlier in the year during the Bengal Global Business Summit 2018, in esteemed presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt Mamata Banerjee and the State Finance Minister Shri Amit Mitra.
The handing over of car keys to aspiring driver partners took place in the city today, in presence of Shri Suvendu Adhikari, Hon’ble Transport & Environment Minister, Government of West Bengal; Shri B.P. Gopalika, I.A.S, Principal Secretary, Transport Department, Government of West Bengal; Sandeep Upadhyay, Regional Head – East Zone, Ola and Avik Das, City head – Ola Fleet Technologies.
The cars will be attached on the Ola platform under the company’s leasing arm, Ola Fleet Technologies. Ola has further aided all the driver partners by giving them better access to training that includes digital and safety, as well as other benefits such as insurance.
Shri Suvendu Adhikari, Hon’ble Transport & Environment Minister, Government of West Bengal said, “On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, we are delighted to get associated with a good initiative. Being a part of pro-people Government, today car keys are being handed-over to the unemployed youth of Bengal who are registered with us and are holding valid driving licenses. Under the Government’s Gatidhara scheme, last year also 10,453 youth were benefitted and through Ola, another 5000 are getting benefitted. We are hence thankful to Ola.”
Sandeep Upadhyay, Regional Head, East Zone, Ola said, “We are proud to kick off our mission of 5000 job opportunities with the first batch of 50 cars here in West Bengal. As part of Ola’s mission to build mobility for a billion people, we are creating more and more entrepreneurial opportunities for driver partners on our platform. The freedom and flexibility of working on a platform like Ola, with the opportunity to earn well, attracts men and women in big and small cities alike; and we want to be the catalyst in their professional and personal growth. This collaboration with the State government is very encouraging! We salute the Government’s focus on economic development and creating employment opportunities across the State.”
Ola is successfully operational in 4 cities (Kolkata, Durgapur, Asansol, Siliguri) in the state of West Bengal with various offerings including the likes of Ola Micro, Ola Mini, Ola Prime, Ola Share, Kaali Peelis, Ola Rentals and Ola Outstation.
Founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola is one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver-partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent, and quick service fulfilment. Ola is focused on leveraging the best of technology and building innovative solutions ground-up that are relevant at global scale. Notably, in 2016, Ola Play the world’s first connected car platform for ride-sharing was launched, transforming commuting experiences and setting the tone for global innovation in this space. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 110+ cities, can connect with over 1 million drivers across cabs, auto-rickshaws, and taxis. Driven by a hyperlocal approach, Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people.