Government vehicles with women drivers at the wheels might soon be visible on Indian streets and the New Delhi Municipal Corporation works to make it possible.
New Delhi Municipal Corporation is now working to engage more women drivers to drive government vehicles in the country. It recently wrote to the Centre to request their aid in the all-women cab services initiative which resulted in the Ministry of Women and Child Development writing to all departments under the Centre to promote women drivers.
As per Deccan Herald, a part of the letter reads, “It would be helpful if your Ministry/Department would call for proposals from vehicle suppliers for supply of vehicles specifying that they will operate in part or in full by the trained women partners, including those trained by the NDMC.“
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Chhattisgarh Bhawan, Madhya Pradesh Bhawan, Food and Civil Supplies Department, Tourism Department and Postal Department have sent positive responses to the request so far.
NDMC is also training the said women drivers. Seven of them have already procured their commercial driving license and 40 more women are being trained as drivers in the council’s technical institute.
According to the department, women can be appointed on annual basis or as need develops. Clearly, the visibility of women in this job needs to be increased for further mobilization.
Vidushi Chaturvedi, Director, Education, NDMC said, “There is an immediate need to engage the seven women who already hold commercial licenses. It is difficult to mobilize women to join as cab drivers. If the first batch of commercial license-holders is placed well, it will be easier to set an example for the next batch as well.”