In a bid to bolster women empowerment, transport department had been providing driving lessons to women since International Women’s day last year. Taking this forward, Udaipur will soon have 24 women who will be driving e-rickshaws and taxis to support their family livelihood.
The lady drivers have been undertaking driving lesson for past some time under Mission Meera and quire a few have also been provided driving licenses. Regional Transport Officer Dr Mannalal Rawat informed that efforts are now on to provide e-rickshaws to the ladies and/or get them jobs with taxi companies.
Mission Meera was started with the objective of providing safe travel for women and for providing self sustenance to women. The mission was being monitored by Shrinathji Seva Sansthan.
Quite a few inspirational stories have emerged from women who have undertaken the driving course. Some have taken up the course to support their kids education, others have taken up to support themselves given cases of family rift while others have taken for self empowerment.
There are also cases of handicapped women participating in the driving session to life a life of respect and earn livelihood.