Surat launches Pink Auto Service of women autorickshaw drivers to cater only to women passengers
SURAT,July3: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) launched Pink Auto Service of women autorickshaw drivers to cater only to women passengers in the city on Sunday.
SMC identified, trained and helped these women to get loans from banks to procure their own autorickshaws to earn a decent living.
“We have a batch of 70 women and 15 are ready to begin work. They have licence and we also helped them to get work from schools in the area. We have concentrated on girls schools and girl students for women drivers,” said Gayatri Jariwala, assistant commissioner, in-charge, urban community development department, SMC.
“They can easily pay their monthly instalment to the bank and also save enough money. We everyday read about harassment of women commuters in different cities. This is why we thought of this service which not only provides employment to women but ensures safe travel for female passengers,” Jariwala said.
The civic body tied up with Bank of Baroda(BOB) for providing loans at 7 per cent interest to women drivers to purchase their autorickshaws. The BoB sanctioned Rs 84,000 loan per auto to each woman applicant with 25 per cent subsidy for the vehicle coming from central government scheme.