17 September 2016 Current Affairs: Transportation app Uber has launched a new initiative in partnership with Maruti and NSDC, for creating livelihood opportunities for one million people by 2018.
Under Uber SHAAN, the company will provide access to skill development and driver training to the unskilled.
The initiative will also help trained drivers receive commercial licenses, vehicle financing and leasing solutions.
Uber has about 4 lakh drivers on its platform in India, which is its second largest market in terms of trips taken after the US.
Uber and Maruti will conduct a 4-month pilot in Delhi/NCR, Hyderabad and Chennai and organise driver training and on-boarding programmes, which is required to join the Uber platform.
On completion of training and receipt of a commercial license, Uber will also offer vehicle financing and leasing solutions.
Uber will also support driver training, delivered through NSDC's training centres nationwide that promote skill building in the automobile sector.
Besides, Uber Partner Support Centres will provide soft skills training to existing and new driver partners in collaboration with NSDC.