“Work4Food” is an innovative program developed by researchers at IIT Delhi, launched in January 2024. It’s designed to ensure fair compensation for food delivery agents in India. The initiative guarantees that these workers receive a minimum wage as mandated by the government, addressing a major issue in the gig economy where workers often don’t earn enough after accounting for expenses like fuel. Work4Food also aims to minimize travel for delivery agents, thereby reducing air pollution. A critical component of this program is the income guarantee, allowing delivery agents to earn a fair and consistent income. This approach not only benefits the workers but also addresses operational challenges faced by food delivery platforms. While the program promises to enhance labor standards and reduce environmental impact, it also faces implementation barriers due to the nature of gig work and operational constraints in the industry.
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