Delhi to provide 50% subsidy for commercial driving training for women

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In order to create job opportunities for women in the public transport sector, the Delhi government announced a new scheme that would provide 50% financial aid to train women to become commercial drivers.

The idea is to invite fleet owners or taxi aggregators to sponsor half the cost of training, around Rs 4,800, for female drivers who, in turn, seek job opportunities in the same businesses.

A statement from a government official suggested that the training would be conducted at government centers in Burari, Loni and Sarai Kale Khan. Further adding, “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 Delhi government in February this year relaxed the standards and eligibility criteria to recruit more women as drivers in its bus operations, and now comes another dimension to the same.

Announcements will soon be published by the Department of Transport which will be soliciting an expression of interest (EoI) from aggregators and fleet owners. This in turn would be used to assess deserving women who could be trained under the initiative.

One official noticed the overwhelming response that various women across different forums came out and talked about their interest and zeal in working as taxi drivers to earn a living.

It’s not that long ago that the Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator Scheme 2022 was announced, and this new scheme is just a teen to the broader vision of the shift to electric mobility.

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

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot in April launched an initiative called “Mission Parivartan” which would train women to obtain their heavy motor vehicle (HMV) license 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,” Gahlot said.

“Cars, buses and now taxis – the more women who lead the world, the safer they feel on public transport. Arvind Kejriwal’s government is calling on taxi fleet owners and aggregators to share with us the cost of 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 training costs in our DTIs at Loni, Burari and Sarai Kale Khan i.e. Rs.4800 for each driver. We want more women to drive our electric vehicle revolution,” he said in another tweet.

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