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Slum girls to be included as drivers in int’l taxi aggregator fleet




 A leading international taxi aggregator has evinced interest to include lady drivers from the State capital slums in its local fleet.

Four such drivers have been selected to undergo two-month training at the State Driving Training Institute (SDTI).  They successfully passed a test conducted by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in association with UNFPA and Humara Bachpan under the socially smarty Bhubaneswar initiative. The training of the girls involves theory as well as practical sessions. The four girls— Subhashree Pattnaik  (22 years), Purnima Swain (18 years), Anjana Sarkar (24 years) and Samina Nayak (19 years) from Shantipalli slum have started training at the institute from June 2.

After getting their training at the State Driving Training Institute here, the girls are supposed to get another residential and specialised training at Commercial Driving Training Institute, Chhatia. Once they complete their training at the Chhatia centre, they can be inducted to commercial jobs. The target is to train 50 girls for driving under this initiative. These four girls, daughters of daily wagers and auto-rickshaw drivers have created example for other girls in the slums of BTCD to take up driving as career similar to the trend in metro cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai. Preliminary discussions with taxi aggregators like UBER have elicited positive response for supporting these women drivers, once they finish the training and obtain licenses.

Under Socially Smart Bhubaneswar initiative the BSCL in association with UNFPA and implementing partner Humara Bachpan, has been conducting capacity building and orientation programmes for girls and youth in the slums of the Bhubaneswar Town Centre District (BTCD). Bhubaneswar is the first city in the country to go with such a unique partnership with a UN organisation to make the citizens socially smart. After three months of continuous interactive sessions and training programmes, the results have been quite encouraging in some of the BTCD slums.

The programmes were conducted among adolescent girls in four slums in BTCD area such as Shantipalli in Sahid Nagar, Shanti Nagar FCI Colony slum in Kharvel Nagar, Kedarpalli slum in Bapuji Nagar and Jagannath basti in Kharvel Nagar. After several sessions, 13 young girls from these slums expressed interest for getting trained in driving.






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