New Delhi — After a successful seven-month long training programme for 250 women safai karmacharis and their dependents as commercial motor drivers, 30 women were given placement letters by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot at a function organised by his ministry here today.
Another batch of 250 such women has started training by Safai Karmacharis Finance and Development Corporation (NFDC) under the skill development programme of the ministry.
Awarding the placement letters to the women’s families, the minister underlined the need to provide skill development training particularly to the children of safai karmacharis and manual scavengers who so far have remained engaged only in sanitation-related occupations. Gehlot said that this training would empower the women beneficiaries and create an environment of safety for women in the cities. He suggested that this training programme should also be started in other big cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bengaluru etc.
Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar in his address stated that the NSKFDC is in dialogue with various taxi aggregators, school van operators, resident welfare associations etc for exploring employment opportunities for the trained women drivers seeking job employment. Once these women drivers are on the road, it will boost the morale of women and parents of girls in Delhi. They would start feeling that women are safer in Delhi than before, he said.
On the occasion, an MoU was signed between the NSKFDC and Apollo MedSkills, which is the partner for the training of safai karmacharis, manual scavengers and their dependents in various medical-related trades and their placements in various hospitals. A tripartite agreement was signed between the NSKFDC, HIMCOM and Azad Foundation for jobs and self-employment of 90 trainees of commercial motor driving.