AGRA: When the Pink Categorical bus service was launched for girls in Uttar Pradesh, the state had an odd drawback at hand. The service was meant to supply a protected journey possibility for girls, with solely girls workers on board. However they weren’t in a position to get any licensed girls bus drivers. Now, two years later, 19 girls have been shortlisted to drive the state’s buses for the primary time.
“The method to coach girls bus drivers has been initiated for the primary time in UP. The 19 girls will bear a seven-month primary coaching, after which they are going to serve a 17-month probation at depots as a part of the the superior coaching module,” stated SP Singh, principal of the UPSRTC Mannequin Driving Coaching and Analysis Institute in Kanpur, the one one within the state.
Shashi Prabha, one of many 19 girls on the checklist, stated, “I all the time wished to journey and be unbiased.”
“I used to be in search of jobs after commencement once I acquired to learn about this. It appeared thrilling and I utilized. I had no thought I’d be chosen,” the BTech graduate from Kanpur stated.
By March, the primary batch will begin coaching. “Ladies can fly planes. Why can’t they drive buses?” requested Soniya Sharma from Agra, additionally among the many 19 shortlisted. “I like driving. If that may turn out to be my everlasting job, I can’t consider something higher.”
Beneath the PM’s Talent India Mission, girls between the ages of 18 and 34, who’ve studied as much as Class VIII, are at the very least 160cm (about 5 foot three inch tall) and have a learners’ allow for mild motor automobiles may be recruited.
The fundamental coaching is freed from price. Throughout probation, their meals and lodging might be coated by the state. On the finish of the two-year programme, they are going to get a heavy motorized vehicle licence.
As soon as recruited, the ladies might be driving the Pink Categorical buses. These air-conditioned buses have automobile monitoring techniques and CCTV cameras onboard for security.
“UPSRTC has 50 such pink buses which might be pushed by males as of now. Initially, the newly educated girls might be requested to take over these buses,” stated Singh. “They’ll lastly run the best way they have been meant to be, safer and by girls.”