Mixed Reaction to Centre's Decision of Banning Uber Cab Services

New Delhi
Mixed Reaction to Centre's Decision of Banning Uber Cab Services

The Centre's decision to stop the private taxi service by Uber across the country today evoked mixed reactions from political parties.

While a section, including Union Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari was not in favour of stopping the services of Uber, few MPs favoured action against the taxi service provider.

"New developments are taking place in the transport system through electronics. Banning the railways for train accidents, bus for bus accidents and taxis is not correct," Gadkari said outside Parliament House here.

Congress MPs Rajeev Shukla and Abhishek Manu Singhvi also said that banning the taxi services would not help unless a system and policy was in place.

Singhvi slammed Delhi Police and the government over the lapses.

"I partly agree and I am speaking for myself. By banning the taxi service, neither the police nor the Home Ministry can hide their negligence. God and devil lies in the details. Don't make ban a substitute to hide your own negligence.

"The crucial issue is that the kind of divisive politics BJP had played during 2013 (after the Nirbhaya rape episode), it is now coming back to haunt it. These are matters where we need to show consensus and rise above party politics, but BJP has always acted on petty political consensus," Singhvi said.

Former Union Minister Rajiv Shukla termed the government's decision to ban the services of Uber as "hasty".

"One has to find to what mistake has the company made? If the company has made any mistake then action must be taken against it. If the individual is at fault then taken action against the company would send a wrong message to the people," Shukla said.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah said if the radio cabs charges more, then it is their duty to provide a secured ride.

"Special taxis (radio cabs) charge more. What information did it have about the driver? Did it have GPS? Are they giving special services? The question here is when they charge more, they are committed to provide a secured ride," Heptullah said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today told Rajya Sabha that the Centre has asked all states and Union Territories to ensure stoppage of taxi services of Uber.

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury slammed Gadkari for his stand on banning public modes of transport and said Gadkari should have instead focused on how to provide security to women, as a representative of the government.

"Instead of making such comments, the government should take corrective steps. The Minister should first apologise for the comments he has made. It is the duty of the minister to fix responsibility.

"This cab taxi service also had some issues in the US, where it operates," Chowdhury said.

Former Union Home Secretary R K Singh favoured the Centre's move, saying the company had not done its due diligence.

"The ban is justified because of the careless behaviour of the radio taxi service provider. After the Nirbhaya incident, it was decided that verification of all public transport drivers was made mandatory," he said. 

Yesterday, Delhi government banned all operations by private cab service Uber with immediate effect and blacklisted it from providing any transport service in the national capital in the wake of the alleged rape incident in a taxi plying for it.

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