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Bipolar India: World Bipolar Day

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India, March 30: On World Bipolar Day, an organisation called Bipolar India celebrated the event by raising awareness about the condition and sharing latest development about the treatment and diagnosis of the condition. The event was attended by health experts as well as patients all who shared their experience of dealing with the condition.

The initiative was taken forward by Vijay Nallawala, whose Bipolar India knits the community together to aid people with the condition and raise awareness about the same.

On the occasion of World Bipolar Day, Nallawala also introduced a new platform which will help the bipolar disorder patient to earn money. The online website, which will be created by Nallawala, will help the Bipolar patients to get a freelance job of their choice and will also help them to showcase their talent.

Nallawala said, “I have experienced myself how the career of Bipolar disorder person suffers. Many patients even now are struggling to balance their career while they are suffering from this disorder. The trust issues between the person who is hiring and the Bipolar person tends to suffers. So to help them earn their livelihood, an online platform will be created which will be like a demand and supply platform. On freelance basis, people can hire the Bipolar person to do a particular job and on the other side the Bipolar person can choose what job he or she will like to do. Through this they can also showcase their talent like playing guitar, writing, making jiggles, photography, dancing, singing, any other talent which the person has and can earn money by using their talent.”

World Bipolar Day celebrated on the birth anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed with the disorder, is celebrated on March 30. The disorder runs in families and leads to unusual mood shifts.

According to Nallawala, the internet has played a major role to raise awareness about the disorder in the country.

Around 15 million people in the country are suffering from the Bipolar Disorder. But it has not been spoken out in public at large.

“The social media has helped people to come together and communicate with each other about the issue. In India not many people come forward to talk about it. When I started with the Bipolar India, I majorly got responses from the developed countries. But after reading about the blogs, soon many people from India got in touch to share their experiences, talk about the issues they suffer. This is the first time we are celebrating World Bipolar Day to raise awareness about the issue and give a simple solution to one of the issue the Bipolar person suffers,” said, Nallawala.

Credits: dnaindia

  • Shriya Katoch

    Its nice to see that such diseases are given importance and not ignored as a “mental problem “.

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Uber India Rolls Out Driver Reward Programme “Uber Plus”

Uber India has planned free doctor access and micro loans for drivers

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Uber has rolled out a reward programme for drivers in India. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride-hailing major Uber on Wednesday rolled out a driver rewards programme called “Uber Plus” in India that will let drivers earn points for rides so that they can win free doctor consultations, concessions on education modules, access to micro loans, faster airport pick ups and savings on vehicle maintenance costs.

These points will be earned by the driver partners in 13 cities over a fixed period of every three months and can be then accumulated to unlock higher rating tiers such as blue, gold, platinum and diamond which, in turn, will let them access better rewards, informed the company.

“Under the programme, the Uber drivers get access to four tiers. To unlock these awards, they need to maintain a certain threshold rating and keep a low cancellation rate to unlock access to these benefits,” Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

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Under this programme, Uber drivers get access to four tiers. Pixabay

“We have always worked towards prioritising their welfare and making them feel valued, respected and appreciated. ‘Uber Plus’ is an effort in that direction and will enable our driver partners to access greater benefits during their everyday journeys,” he added.

The rewards and offers are only available to drivers who use the Uber driver app, are participating in Uber Plus and meet applicable criteria.

Asked if this initiative will help in bringing down the number of cancellations, Singh replied: “We encourage ri ders to flag such cases if the driver cancels because the mode of payment is not cash, etc. That will help us take strict action against such drivers.

“We want to encourage behaviour which helps improve the marketplace reliability. Less the cancellation, the chances of the trip getting completed goes up and, overall, the network efficiency increases.”

An initial pilot phase was carried out in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Mumbai and now, Uber Plus is being rolled out across 10 new cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Guwahati and Jaipur.

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“We also want to reward drivers who have lower cancellations,” said Uber.

Under the driver programme, Uber has partnered with “Ayushman Bharat” to provide access to free healthcare to its drivers, wherein they have access to free healthcare of up to Rs 500,000 in empanelled hospitals. (IANS)