Delhi government to train women as commercial drivers will bear 50% of the cost

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New Delhi: In a bid to increase job opportunities for women in the public transport sector, the Delhi government announced on Monday that it will meet 50% of the cost of training them as commercial drivers. The government will invite fleet owners and taxi aggregators to bear the other half of the total cost.Also Read – Model, Friend Detained With Drugs Worth Rs 1 Crore. How they operated from Himachal to Delhi University

According to an official statement, the government will provide financial support to women who wish to undergo driver training to become professional taxi drivers in the future. About Rs 4,800 for each woman would be borne by the government department of transport. The training will take place in the government centers of Burari, Loni and Sarai Kale Khan. Read also – A man shot at close range in the Jahangirpuri region of Delhi by 3 minors, the act filmed

“The government will work with fleet owners and aggregators to put in place an optimal mechanism so that women trained under the initiative receive guaranteed jobs in these companies after the training is completed,” the official statement reads. . Also Read – Delhi woman kills herself after being forced to have an abortion 14 times, suicide note found

The Department of Transportation will soon issue an announcement seeking expressions of interest (EoI) from fleet owners and aggregators for the program and will assess the number of women who can be trained under the initiative.

“Various women across different forums came out and talked about their interest and zeal in working as taxi drivers for a living,” he added.

The Delhi government passed the Electric Vehicle Policy in 2020 and is currently in the process of adopting the Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregation Scheme which will mandate a gradual adoption and increase in the share of electric vehicles within the city. fleet of cabin aggregators.

“Increasing the share of electric vehicles in taxi fleets will increase opportunities for women to be employed as drivers, as due to fewer mechanical parts and the automatic steering wheel, electric vehicles are much easier to drive. drive and less painful to use,” he said.

In February, the Delhi government relaxed standards and eligibility criteria to recruit more women as drivers in its bus operations.

It had also reduced the minimum height requirement from 159cm to 153cm and the “experience criteria” for initiation as bus drivers for female candidates.

In April, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot launched “Mission Parivartan”, an initiative to train women to obtain their heavy vehicle driving license (HMV) at the Society for Driving Training Institute (SDTI) in Burari.

“Over the past two months, we have implemented multiple initiatives to increase women’s participation in the transportation workforce. The goal is for women to come forward and become an important anchor in Delhi’s public transport,” Ghalot said.

“We have now inducted female bus drivers into the DTC. With the implementation of this initiative, the day is not far when a large number of women would be visible as drivers of various modes of public transport on the roads of Delhi,” Gahlot said.

In a series of tweets, the minister said the growing presence of women behind the wheel will ensure they feel safe on public transport.

“Cars, buses and now taxis – the more women who lead the world, the safer they feel on public transport. @ArvindKejriwal Gov’t calls on taxi fleet owners and aggregators to share the cost with us training female drivers in our driver training institutes and providing other employment,” he said in a tweet.

“Many interested women have contacted us for help in getting a job as a taxi driver. The Delhi Government will bear 50% of the cost of training at our DTIs in Loni, Burari and Sarai Kale Khan at Rs 4,800 for each female driver. We want more women to drive our electric vehicle revolution,” he said in another tweet.

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