The Central Railway Nagpur division is all set to empower its women staffers with four-wheeler driving skill.
The first phase of this unique initiative, planned by Brijesh Kumar Gupta, the divisional railway manager (DRM) will be launched for 40 female employees from January 5.
This initiative sets itself apart from routine events like seminars, talks, workshops and trips. While this is Gupta's brainchild, it is Pulkesh Kumar, senior divisional personnel officer (SrDPO) of the Staff Benefit Fund Committee (SBFC) who has implemented it.
Nagpur is the only division amongst the five Central Railway divisions of the state that has taken up this project.
Railway will commence a training session in collaboration with a car company. A draw of lots will be taken out to select the first batch of 40 women from Nagpur and Ajni.
While, the selected candidates will be charged a token amount of Rs 500 for the training session, SBFC will bear other expenses of the training. Generally, car driving institutes charge around Rs 6,000 per person.
"After successful completion of 30 days training, the license will be issued. In case any employee fails to complete the training, entire amount spent by the SBFC on training will be recovered from her. The staffers should not consider the said skill development programme just to obtain the license. By acquiring car driving skill, the women staffers would not remain dependent on their spouse to be dropped at the office and also for household chores. Besides, it is always better for women to drive a car instead of a two-wheeler from the safety point of view. It will also boost their confidence level. If we receive a good response, the scheme will be extended to family members of the women staffers," TOI quoted a senior official.
Information Source: TOI
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