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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kolkata: A great number of Congress activists on Tuesday, hit the streets to protest against the deteriorating law and order conditions in West Bengal. This protest brought the central business district to a halt for approximately two hours.

source: abplive.com
source: abplive.com

The Congress workers, led by the senior leaders of the state party unit, participated in a “March to Nabanna (the state secretariat)” and staged a sit-in on the Rani Rashmoni Road. The state Director General of Police GMP Reddy’s declination to accept a deputation on law and order is stated as the reason behind this protest march. The killing of the student in the West Midnapore district added fire to the agenda.

This protest resulted in widespread violence on the streets of Kolkata. The angry Congress workers led by state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury sparked tension as they refused to vacate the area unless their memorandum was accepted.

They vacated the premises only after Kolkata Police’s Additional Commissioner of Police R. Sivakumar came forward and accepted the memorandum from the party leaders.

The main aim of the protest was to showcase the united strength of Congress with all the senior leaders and MPs being a part of it. The biggies included Jangipur MP and President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit, Malda (South) Lok Sabha member Mousam Benajir Noor, Parliamentarian from Malda North constituency A.H. Khan Chowdhury, and Rajya Sabha member Pradipo Bhattacharya. However, former MP Deepa Dasmunshi and another veteran leader Abdul Mannan were absent from the protest.

The state party president while addressing the gathering said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was allergic to protests and termed anyone who opposed the anarchy in the state as “anti-development”.

“She has made it clear to the police that they have to either work for her Trinamool Congress, or leave the post,” he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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As thousands of Zomato delivery executives in Bengaluru and Mumbai protested against the revised rate cards, the online food aggregator on Monday said that reduced average delivery time (less than 30 minutes) has enabled its delivery partners to perform more deliveries in the same amount of time.

In Bengaluru, the remuneration per delivery has been reduced to Rs 30 from Rs 40.

“Different metrics such as base pay, user satisfaction, delivery touchpoints and minimum guarantee etc. help us appreciate our delivery partners in accordance with their efforts,” a Zomato spokesperson said in a statement.

“Reduced average delivery time and increased system efficiency have enabled our delivery partners to perform more deliveries in the same amount of time,” the spokesperson added.

The food delivery platform on September 7 said that it has laid off 541 people — 10 per cent of the company’s strength — across customer, merchant and delivery partner support teams.

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The reason behind the move is an improved Zomato platform with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven bots and automation in resolving customer queries that has led to an overall reduction in direct order-related support queries, the company had said.

“We regret the inconvenience caused to our users and are continuously working to resume our services in the affected areas,” said Zomato.

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According to Zomato executives, their incentives have been reduced while the company has increased the travel distance to make them eligible to earn bonus points.

The company, which is at the loggerheads with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) over deep discounts in its fine-dining Gold programme, claimed it has improved the speed of service resolution and now only 7.5 per cent of its orders need support (down from 15 per cent in March). (IANS)