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India's largest transportation platform, Ola, has announced that the company will skill 50 lakh driver entrepreneurs on its platform by 2022.
This announcement was made at the launch of India's first state-of-the-art dedicated training centers for drivers in partnership with Rise India, NSDC and Ola by Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO, Ola, in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.
The event saw the participation of other important Industry leaders and stakeholders such as Manish Kumar, CEO, NSDC and Ajay Chhangani, CEO, RISE INDIA.
Minister Rudy in his address highlighted the huge need for drivers in the country, and acknowledged Ola's efforts in providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to thousands of aspiring driver-partners.
Addressing hundreds of thousands of aspiring drivers and other residents of Chapra, Mr.Aggarwal said, "Ola is proud to be a part of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji's Skill India and Drive India initiatives. We believe that skilling will be a key driver to create sustainable livelihoods for a young India. Our Honourable PM has rightly identified that India has the potential to become the skill capital of the world and Ola strongly believes this view. The mobility sector in the country is seeing phenomenal growth and has the potential to empower aspiring individuals from all walks of life to become micro-entrepreneurs. Ola's association with this initiative aims to positively impact the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of driver entrepreneurs, to realise our mission of building mobility for a billion Indians."
Ola shares the Prime Minister's vision of enabling livelihoods through skills. Skilling and promoting entrepreneurship has been at the centre of its business strategy since inception. Over the last 5 years, Ola has been successful in on-boarding over 5 lakh skilled driver-partners onto its platform. It strongly believes that technology and innovation will be two of the most important enablers that will accelerate the growth of the Industry.
Ola also works closely with multiple state governments create a skilled workforce that has access to lakhs of job opportunities, in addition to its partnership with leading Indian financial institutions and car manufacturers to give them easy access to capital, insurance and vehicles at discounted prices.
Founded in January 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola (formerly Olacabs), is India's most popular mobile app for personal transportation.
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