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Internet ban makes life difficult for taxi drivers
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, Dec 15 - For 12,000-odd taxi drivers of Guwahati, who operate under ride-hailing platforms Ola and Uber, managing bread and butter for their families has now become a challenge due to the suspension of internet services since December 11 evening.

 “Internet is the only source of income for us. Now with the suspension of internet services, for the past 108 hours life has become miserable for all app-operated taxi drivers of Guwahati. How we will manage bread and butter for our family?” president of All Assam CAB Operators’ Union Ismail Ali told The Assam Tribune today.

Ali stated that if the suspension of internet services continues then all the taxi drivers will come onto the streets soon.

According to Ali, an app-operated taxi driver in Guwahati earns around Rs 1000-1500 per day after working for 18 hours. Moreover, in the beginning of a month most of these drivers have to pay around Rs 10000-15000 as EMI for their vehicle.

“We are now clueless on how to pay the EMI next month if the same situation continues,” Ali said.

The union, however, extended its support to the movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

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