Here’s How Startups And Companies Are Responding To PM Modi’s Janta Curfew

Even as PM Modi had made an impassioned appeal to citizens to stay indoors on Sunday to implement a self-enforced Janta curfew, India’s startups and companies have risen to the challenge. Several Indian startups and companies have thrown their weight behind the Janta Curfew, and said that they’d suspend their services from 7 am to 9 pm on 22nd March. 

1.Ola: Ola said that it would encourage users to avoid all non-essential travel between 7am and 9 pm. “As per the Hon’ble PM’s appeal to the nation to take part in the Janata Curfew, we encourage our users across India to avoid all non-essential travel from 7am-9pm tomorrow. We will have limited availability of vehicles to support essential and emergency travel during this period,” Ola tweeted. “In support of the #JanataCurfew tomorrow, a vast majority of our Ola Cabs driver-partners will stay off the roads. We will have a minimal network of driver-partners to serve emergency and urgent mobility needs and to support fellow essential service providers,” wrote Ola CEO Bhavish Agarwal.

2. Go Air: Private airline Go Air said that it wouldn’t run any flights on 22nd March. “Janata, we GO with what the Honourable PM has declared! This Sunday, we acknowledge the Janata Curfew by suspending all flights while protecting your PNR for a year! Stay indoors, stay safe,” it said. It said people with confirmed flights would be protected under its PNR protect scheme. 

3. Bounce: Scooter sharing startup Bounce said that it would be shutting down services on 22nd March. “We will be following the junta curfew and will keep all our vehicles offline. We request all of you to stay home and do your bit in not spreading the disease. Stay at home and spend time with loved ones or doing things you love!!” wrote Bounce CEO Vivekananda HR.

4. Urban Company: It isn’t only mobility startups that are shutting down. Home services startup Urban Clap emailed users that it wouldn’t be working on Sunday. “We at Urban Company support PM Modi’s Janata Curfew and will be observing it on Saturday, 22nd March. We are fully committed to our nation’s safety and health and will therefore not be taking new requests for 22nd March and those already booked will be rescheduled,” it told users.

5. Indian association of traders: Traders body CAIT, which represents millions of small shopkeepers across the country, said that traders across India will keep their establishments shut on Sunday in response to the Prime Minister’s call for a self-imposed ‘Janata Curfew’.”On the clarion call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 7 crore traders across the country will down their shutters on Sunday, March 22, to participate in Janata Curfew. About 40 crore employees of traders will remain at home,” Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said.

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