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Bengaluru: The Indian woman of today is harnessing the digital advantage to maximize her potential to realize the goal of a Digital India, speakers at SHEROES summit here said.

The SHEROES Summit, themed Women Make Digital India, was the concluding session of the tri-city event.

“The summit emerged as a platform for women from various professional backgrounds to connect and share their experiences, explore monetizing avenues for themselves beyond the nine-to-five work cycle in order to contribute to national development in the current technology-driven times,” a statement said.

The first and second sessions of the SHEROES Summit were held in Delhi and Mumbai.

The summit deliberated upon potential career paths, transformation, growth opportunities and professional journeys of successful women entrepreneurs.

Flipkart co-founder and investor Binny Bansal, while elucidating how SHEROES make a difference in the current innovative environment said: “We are open to hiring women who have been on a break and are skilled. We don’t look at experience; our HR process is focused on hiring problem-solving people.”

His message to fellow entrepreneurs was clear: “Decision-making needs to be swift and fast on building the right teams, hiring talent and including women in the team; and that technology can change the current supply-chain challenges.”

“We look at the entrepreneur and the mission before deciding to invest,” Bansal added.

Sairee Chahal, founder, and CEO of SHEROES.in said: “Digital India is making women independent in many ways and at SHEROES.in we are putting women’s careers on the map by using digital to speed up the pace of change. The summit is an extension of our goal to encourage women to take charge, and contribute to the India’s growth story.” (IANS)

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Digital India Faces Several Challenges Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

The company also said it will give benefits on insurance for drivers and their spouses against loss of income due to contraction of COVID-19, as well as other medical support during this time will continue to be offered to all its driver-partners across the country

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From Uber to Ola, Swiggy to Zomato and Bigbasket to Grofers -- and thousands of app-based services in between -- the digital dream has taken a 21-day long pause, and workers in the digital industry are in for job losses along with deep salary cuts. Pixabay

When Digital India took birth, little did we know that in an unprecedented situation like a total lockdown, the apps and services that helped us sail through the day with ease will immediately hang up on millions.

From Uber to Ola, Swiggy to Zomato and Bigbasket to Grofers — and thousands of app-based services in between — the digital dream has taken a 21-day long pause, and workers in the digital industry are in for job losses along with deep salary cuts.

Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal has announced that several employees have taken deep voluntary salary cuts as the business has been hit owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. Uber and Ola drivers are confined to their homes and delivery boys for food and online grocery delivery platforms are afraid to come out on roads owing to the fear or being beaten up.

Uber India has reportedly given no help to its driver partners as of now, other than telling its employees to do yoga at home. Ola has reportedly taken the next step, asking the government to waive the loans of its drivers and delay the tax payments for them so that they can survive the Novel Coronavirus onslaught. The company, however, refused to comment on the reports.

According to the ride-hailing company, it is providing certain insurance and medical benefits to its drivers as well as waiving rental charges. “We can confirm that we are fully waiving away lease rentals, akin to an EMI, for driver partners who operate vehicles owned by Ola’s subsidiary, Ola Fleet Technologies under its leasing programme,” Ola said in a statement.

The company also said it will give benefits on insurance for drivers and their spouses against loss of income due to contraction of COVID-19, as well as other medical support during this time will continue to be offered to all its driver-partners across the country.

Thousands of daily-wage workers, low-end hotel staff and delivery boys have left metros for their home towns — some even on bikes — as establishments locked themselves. Smartphone-based leading food delivery platforms Zomato and Swiggy are in almost in no man’s land — with thin presence amid huge manpower shortage.

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When Digital India took birth, little did we know that in an unprecedented situation like a total lockdown, the apps and services that helped us sail through the day with ease will immediately hang up on millions. Pixabay

Bigbasket and Grofers are unable to fulfil orders owing to huge supply-demand issue along with thin delivery staff to go out and deliver. All eyes are now on the government to bail the online service providers from this mess.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday indicated that concerns of India Inc, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) segments and other segments hit by the lockdown might be looked at and the government could announce a plan later.

“Our first priority is to provide food to the poor and money in their hands. We will think about other things later,” she said. (IANS)