So far, Uber employees have already contributed Rs 17 lakh to the fund. Besides all other driver partners, the fund will also disburse grants to UberMedic, Uber Essential and Uber’s last-mile delivery service drivers, who have recently been transporting frontline workers, providing essential rides to the elderly and moving everyday supplies to thousands of homes for helping contain the spread of Covid-19 across India.
While he did not disclose the amount transferred per driver partner, he said the amount is enough to help a family of five buy essentials for a month.
Making an appeal Uber riders, corporate partners, philanthropists as well as the general public to support Uber's efforts, Parameswaran said a rider facing fund raising campaign will begin on the app in partnership with Milaap from Thursday.
Over the next few days, Uber will also be rolling out hospital cash insurance for its driver partners. The plan would cover Covid-19 and other illnesses which require hospitalisation for up to 14 days.