See, how Uber faces trouble across the globe
The New Delhi government is only the latest in regulatory or official pushback against Uber's business practices around the world
Uber, along with other taxi service aggregators like Ola and Taxi for Sure, were banned from Delhi by the government a few days ago after an Uber driver, was accused of raping a passenger, who had called for the cab using the Uber application. The ban came after reports emerged that Uber had failed to perform a background check on the driver, who has a prior instance of a rape accusation against him, for which he served seven months in jail and had been out on bail. 
There have been many criticisms about Uber's cutting corners in terms of background checks and the Delhi government ordered the ban saying that they had not been registered as required under law. Reuters reported that the Chicago Police were investigating a rape allegation against an Uber driver by an Uber customer.
Uber however, is not new to accusations of bending or circumventing laws. There has been a backlash against Uber in many cities worldwide. Take a look:
1. US – City of Portland sued Uber for being illegal
2. Netherlands – Banned Uber's low-cost service
3. Spain – Banned temporarily
4. Brazil – Banned in Rio for not complying with laws
5. Thailand – Banned for not complying with local transit laws
6. India – Banned in Delhi for being unregistered
Much like Uber's response to the ban in Delhi, Uber has said that even in Spain, it is still operating and would continue to do so while pursuing legal redress against the bans.
In the case of Delhi, the ban comes because the Delhi Transport Department says Uber does not operate fully as either a radio cab or as a tourist vehicle under the relevant laws. Surely, these violations, if they exist are not new, and have little to do with the incident that has sparked off the response from the Department. However, Uber's defence has always been that it is an aggregator and a technology company and not a cab operator. This will most likely only be resolved in court and will reflect on the wider transport services scenario. In Colorado, Illinois and California, Uber's lobbying has helped kill legislation that would make strict background checks for Uber-like companies mandatory.
That apart, Uber has also been accused of invading privacy. Uber has been accused of compiling data about its users' activities. Uber's justification has been that it is a technology company and their data collection is similar to what most other technology majors like Facebook and Twitter. With valuations rivalling the biggest new tech companies, these issues will begin to gain critical mass against Uber. 


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Why are Mumbai fishermen up in arms against agents, traders?

Despite a clear order from the Legal Metrology Department, commission agents and traders at Mumbai’s famous Sassoon Docks are still reluctant to use electronic weighing scales for weighing fish catch brought in by fishermen


Although the fishermen from Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks, one of the largest fish markets in the metro city, have called off their strike, their fight is not yet over. Two weeks ago, the fishermen went on a strike demanding use of electrical weighing scales instead of mechanised ones. The Maharashtra government accepted their long-pending demand. On 1 December 2014, the Legal Metrology Department issued an order making it mandatory to use electronic weighing scales within 15 days at Sassoon Docks.


Unfortunately, despite the order, the deadlock over weighing scales continues, because commission agents and traders at Sassoon Docks are not ready to install electronic weighing scales citing cost and other factors.

On a visit to the Sassoon Docks, it was realised that several fishermen from areas like Palghar and Ratnagiri have not ended their strike despite the order passed by the Metrology Department.

The aggrieved fishermen allege commission agents, traders and exporters at Sassoon Docks of using fake weights on mechanical scales. “For every basket of 40kg each, around 5kgs is rigged or weighed low by agents using mechanical weighing scale. The loss incurred is massive and insufficient to cover the operational cost of fishing, which is about Rs1.75 lakh per expedition. So each gram of fish counts for us.” said a local fisherman at Sassoon Dock.

This led to a strike by the fishermen on 15th November, which was withdrawn after two weeks and an intervention from the state government. Here is the order issued by the Legal Metrology Organisation:

However, now the commission agents, traders and exporters, who have denied any wrongdoing in weighing the fish on mechanical scales, are up in arms. Their main contention is about who will bear the cost of setting up the electronic weighing scales. “They want electronic weighing scales to be used, then why should we bear the cost? It is their demand so they should pay for the electronic weighing scales,” responded one of the owners of an export-house at Sassoon Docks on being asked about the demand from fishermen.

In addition, the commission agents are now demanding the fish to be cleaned by fishermen before weighing, contrary to the current practise.  
As of now, the weight of the basket using mechanical weighing scales is subtracted from the weight of the fish-lot collected in the basket. The fish-lot contains some amount of ice and water, which is not accounted for. Cleaning and then supplying the catch would mean a delay of about three-four days between fishing and selling. The agents and traders are not willing to take into account, the marine dirt and water in as part of the catch weighed. This extra labour and arm-twisting by agents and traders have made some fishermen jittery about the whole exercise. One of the fishermen, who disagrees with the demands for installing electronic weighing scales says that, “Yeh log apne hi pair pe kulhadi maar rahe hai (The fishermen are digging their own grave)”

An official from the fishermen's union, who doesn't want to be named, expressed hope on resolving the issue at the earliest. He said, "Discussions are going on between the unions for exporters and fishermen. We will find a workable solution soon."

Despite the order from the state government, the dispute between fisherfolk and commission agents continues. Only time will tell how things will get resolved and if fish lovers would continue to receive their regular and ample supply of pomfrets, tuna, lobsters, prawns, shrimps, Bombay Duck and other fish varieties.





2 years ago

I wish to add few more points on Railways.
1. In most of the bigger stations the platform no. is not exhibited resulting in confusion and anxiety.
The pf no. should be clearly exhibited on various points through out the length of the platform.

2.In most stations the location of coach where it stops is not exhibited. This needs to be done for all stations so that the passenger can wait at the right place and avoid last minute running to enter the right coach.


Kiran Aggarwal

2 years ago

International best practices can be adopted to resolve the issue .
This is a typical case .
Where middle man / rich buyer is involved .

There is stealing from fisherman clearly bcoz Greed is all pervasive in India - be it any livelihood !!.

Weight(as it is - no cleaning ) will
come out more in
Electrical weighing scale than mechanical scale which r rigged .
If gross weight is more on 2 differant scales
then net weight (after cleaning ) will also be more .
Hence fisherman is right .
Installation of 1 scale as test sample can be done and case will be clearly decided .
But - who ll make huge noice to stop happening it
commision agents / touts of trading firms which buy the produce from fisherman .
Speaking from vast experience in trading business .

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