Telangana Minorities Finance Corporation has decided to implement ‘driver empowerment programme’ in association with Uber to provide new cars to eligible drivers belonging to minority sections of the society. This step is taken by the Government due to the discrimination against cab drivers of the Hindu community in Hyderabad with a very curious case of minority appeasement.
The corporation will also provide financial assistance to each driver, who is trained under the programme, to buy a new car so as to run it as a taxi by placing it with the Uber Cab Services.
This decision raises many questions as to why the state government is going to the extent of giving financial assistance only to minorities. That too when the Constitution of India, under its Article 15(1), promises non-discrimination. There is also no mention of special provisions on the basis of religion.
It is said that Uber has been part of what could be best called as an attempt to use religion as a business tool.