In a move described as a major contribution to women’s empowerment, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has appointed a 30-year-old woman from Telangana as its first female driver.
The driver, Venkadarath Saritha, will be on day-time obligation on normal courses in Central Delhi.
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai gave over DTC’s arrangement letter to Ms. Saritha, who was prior working with Azad Foundation’s Sakha taxis in the Capital, in the vicinity of transport officers and media persons at his office in State Secretariat here on Friday.
Ms. Saritha, who moved from Hyderabad to New Delhi four years back, was chosen from among seven ladies hopefuls who had petitioned the post because of a DTC promotion. After culmination of customs, she went to a four-week preparing system at the DTC preparing school.
Offering her account of coarseness, determination and battle against chances, the recently drafted lady driver told media persons that she took up auto rickshaw driving 10 years prior in view of budgetary issues in the family tailing her dad’s drawn out disease.
“As the youngest among five sisters, I took it as a challenge to financially support my family. I moved from Nalgonda district to Hyderabad and obtained a heavy vehicle driver’s licence,” said Ms. Saritha. She later found a job at Holy Mary College, where she drove buses to ferry students.
Four years ago, Ms. Saritha found an opportunity to drive all-women Sakha cabs run by Azad Foundation in Delhi. As part of her assignment, she drove high-end cars, including BMW.
Ms. Saritha will join duty at Sarojini Nagar Depot on Monday, after which she is likely to be on day-time bus driving assignments. She said she would take special care of women passengers travelling in her bus and abide by all traffic rules and regulations.
“This is [indeed] going to be a challenging job for me. As a responsible driver, I will be careful about the passengers in my bus and traffic on roads,” said Ms. Saritha.
Mr. Rai congratulated the DTC for its “bold decision” of appointing the first woman driver and said it would encourage more women to come forward and join the DTC’s fleet of buses. “We will explore scope for making appointments of more women drivers in future,” he said.