Govt Employees Can Enjoy Free Uber Ride For Official Meeting
Government agencies collaborate with Uber to improvise the travelling hassle of employees for official meetings. With the new initiative, the government employees can avail Uber services without any fare as the department will pick up the bill to ease the employees’ travel.
According to a TOI report, central government agencies to procure goods and services that aims to usher in transparency in official purchases. Uber has laid out special arrangement for the government, which enables departments to settle the dues in 90 days. Unlike an individual, government employees would have to block a ride, not through the app, but via a new portal - government e-marketplace (GeM) - launched by the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal (DGS&D).
The idea to set up the e-marketplace came from suggestions made by a panel of secretaries that was set up by PM Narendra Modi. Transport is a large part of government spending and is often mired in controversy as different providers hand out different rates.
Apart from that Uber has made arrangement under which new vehicles can be taken on lease for three years from various service providers like security personnel, housekeeping and even hotels.
“Vehicles are one area where there is no transparency with each department hiring cabs at their own rates. We are now hoping that other service providers will join the platform too,” said an official.
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