Last year, under the Kerala state government's Kudumbashree scheme, 90 women were trained and hired as bus conductors in order to uplift them from poverty.
According to The Hindu, most of these women have quit their jobs.
The reason behind this the most obvious one. The women conductors are paid almost half of the amount to what the male conductors are offered.
In spite of doing a 12-hour shift, women would receive ₹500 per day, whereas the men earned ₹800 or ₹900 per day.
However, The Kerala State Private Bus Operators' Federation claims that there is no such discrimination regarding the salaries and the real reason behind the protest is inconvenient work hours and the unavailability of facilities at the bus stands.
It’s a shame that even after launching a project with such a good potential it didn’t take off well because of the mere lack of acknowledgement.
Information Source: thehindu
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