A strike by taxi drivers in Goa state entered its fourth consecutive day on Monday, August 5, as the state government has refused to meet the unions’ demands. According to local media reports, the strike has caused significant service disruptions to taxi services in the state. Taxi driver unions are demanding that the state government scrap GoaMiles, an app-based taxi service, by Thursday, August 8. Union leaders said that if their demands are not met, the drivers will return their permits in protest. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to meet the demand on Monday and threatened to take action against the striking drivers who are violating state regulations. Transportation disruptions are expected to continue in the coming days. Associated demonstrations are also possible in the coming days.
Union leaders claim that GoaMiles directly threatens the livelihoods of taxi drivers. GoaMiles was launched in 2018 amid attempts by the state government to regulate tax services.
Individuals in Goa are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate transportation service disruption and a higher demand for taxis.
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