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Delhi-resident Viplav Arora recieved a heart warming reply from ola cab driver(Vipin Kumar) when he went out of cash

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New Delhi, November 12, 2016: On Tuesday night, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetization of 500-1000 rupee notes, a lot of people all across the country weren’t in the right frame of mind. PM Modi’s fight against the flow of black money, corruption, and terrorism was not appreciated at the first go. Many believed it to be a mere harassment for the common people.

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The government of India on the other hand, believed it to be a stern step that was necessary for the better future of the country and common people would understand that.
On the very next day of the announcement, many were out of cash or had very limited cash. It was a difficult time for people all over the country, as people had to bank upon lower currency notes only.

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Amid all this chaos, a Delhi-resident Viplav Arora was traveling in an Ola cab and was out of cash (only had Rs 500 notes which were worthless at that point of time). He decided to pay it via Ola Money but when his ride ended, it was little over the amount he had in his Ola account and he was supposed to pay the rest of it in cash, but there was absolutely no other option to pay.

When the driver, Vipin Kumar, came to know about it, he replied, ” Sir baaki k paise rehne dijiye , do paise kam kama lenge ,thodi si takleef hogi or vo to sab ko ho rhi hai, ab sarkaar ke faisley ka samaan krte hue , desh ki tarakki me ye hamara yogdaan hi samjh lenge. Aap befikr hokar apni train lijiye.

(Sir, let it be. Even if I earn a little less money, it’ll be a little bit difficult to manage but it’s the case with everyone. In the honor of the decision government took; consider this as my contribution to the country’s growth. You please go ahead and board your train without any worries)”

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This reply won his heart and took to social media to thank and share his experience.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Really…. A big salute to that driver….this incident proves that Humanity is still alive

  • Diksha Arya

    hats off to the driver…

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Goa App-Based Cab Service’ GoaMiles’ Faces Backlash, Welcomes Ola and Uber

Goa's private taxi associations have been at loggerheads with GoaMiles, accusing the latter of encroaching on their livelihood

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Goa's private taxi associations have been at loggerheads with GoaMiles, accusing the latter of encroaching on their livelihood. Wikimedia Commons

Goa’s only app-based cab service GoaMiles, which is currently facing a backlash from associations of privately-owned taxis, has welcomed pan-India cab aggregating services like Ola and Uber to the coastal state, stating that such technology-based initiatives would encourage competition and help to provide good service to the customers.

“GoaMiles is not opposing Ola or Uber. That is the decision of the government at the end of the day. We are very comfortable with that,” Hemant Prabhu Chodnekar, Operations Manager of GoaMiles told IANS on Saturday.

“We support technology, we believe in technology,” Chodnekar also said, when asked if GoaMiles would welcome setting up of Ola and Uber taxi services in Goa.

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Ola taxi services were introduced in Goa in 2014 but were soon stopped by the state Transport Department following protests by local taxi operators. Flickr

Ola taxi services were introduced in Goa in 2014 but were soon stopped by the state Transport Department following protests by local taxi operators.

Goa’s private taxi associations have been at loggerheads with GoaMiles, accusing the latter of encroaching on their livelihood.

In the last one year, more than a dozen FIRs have been filed by GoaMiles taxi drivers, accusing private taxi operators of assault and giving threats.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. VOA

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has also said that any further violence from the private taxi operators would result in strict action by the Goa government.

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Several attempts by the state government to install and implement a fare meter system have failed, even as members of taxi lobby have also attacked tour coach buses ferrying foreign tourists, accusing tour operators of depriving them of business.

The state also attracts more than seven million domestic tourists every year, who often face hardship due to overpriced and irregular public transports system. (IANS)