Sunita Nayak first e-rickshaw woman driver of Odisha State
electric vehicles (e-rickshaw) are playing a major role in women empowerment in country
|Sunita Nayak graduated from IGNOU now became 1st e-rickshaw woman of Odisha
Image Credit: Twitter@STAOdisha
India’s geography is divided by the boundaries of 29 states and 7 union territories. These states residents belong to different caste and communities. more than 1652 different languages are the medium of communication among the 133.92 crores Indians. These all together make India one of the most growing economies in the 21st century.
But all the economic figures don’t reflect the actual growth of any society because to share the benefits of the growth there must be equality among all the people. India lacks especially when we talk about the male and female social right equality on ground level (not on paper). As per the Ministry of Women & Child Development government is running several projects for woman empowerment like-
–Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme.
-Women Helpline Scheme.
-UJJAWALA : A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
-SWADHAR Greh (A Scheme for Women in Difficult Circumstances).
Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP).
-Awardees of Rajya Mahila Samman & Zila Mahila Samman.
-Mahila police Volunteers.
-Mahila Shakti Kendras (MSK).
These all the schemes are helping the woman to empower themselves but it will take time.
Transport is always been the male-dominated area of profession. Transport companies offices have female professionals but you will hardly find any woman driving the commercial vehicle on Indian road. When the electric rickshaws entered into the Indian market a few years back in Delhi (India’s Capital) the last mile commute transport business starts to reform. Simplicity in driving as well as easy maintenance of e-rickshaw given thought to the woman to be the part of this male-dominated profession.
Now, from Odisha- Sunita Nayak became the first female e-rickshaw driver after passing the driving test which is done last week. State Transport Authority, Odisha shared this news through a tweet.
State Transport Authority, Odisha is running a campaign for LL, PUC, insurance and helmet in one platform at a different location within the state. People are also participating in that.
Sunita Nayak is the First lady to pass E-Rickshaw driving test at Puri today. She is a graduate in Hindi from IGNOU. pic.twitter.com/0on5CB9Eju
— STA Odisha (@STAOdisha) September 27, 2019
Sunita Nayak was born and brought up in a poor family and his father Mr Trinath Nayak was not capable to afford the education of his daughter. Any how Sunita Nayak has done graduation in Hindi from IGNOU. She is the resident of Markandeswar Sahi, Puri, Odisha. After completion of graduation and being the youngest child she wanted to support his parents financially rather than doing marriage and to get settled. She bought an E-Rickshaw and drove in Bada Danda (grand road )area. Initially, she didn’t has a driving licence. After new motor vehicle amendment bill 2019 came into force she applied for the licence. Last week she appeared in the driving test and passed it.
Sunita said- ” I always wanted to work independently and prove my mettle by achieving something different from others. Now driving an e-rickshaw is my occupation”.
Well, Sunita is not the only woman who is currently running the electric rickshaw. Some of the women a few years back already prove the society wrong on their male-dominated mindset. Some of the examples are-
Rajini driving e-rickshaw in Delhi since 2016
Binota Gayen- First Womann E-rickshaw Driver (Govindpuri South Delhi), driving since May 2016.
She migrated from Calcutta to Delhi 21 year ago after her marriage.
|Kashish Verma, One of the e-rickshaw driver in Delhi.
Image credit: The New Indian Express online publication date 20th January 2019
About 300 women in Delhi are currently making a living by driving electric rickshaws. This is a new era for them because the maximum of them had never driven even any bike or scooter earlier in life. Everyone has their own story but common thing among them are-
These women are the real example of woman empowerment.
They are spreading awareness about green mobility or emission-free last-mile commute.
They are supporting their family and dreaming for a better tomorrow.
This whole thing is another benefit of electric-powered vehicles. On this website, we encourage all readers and visitors to this blog to support the thought of equality and help everyone to rise.
e-vehicle will be a major contributor to bring equality into the Indian transportation profession. In the coming year, the electric vehicle will play a major role to maintain the green environment as well as to run many of the poor families.