In a move to empower women,the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has created posts for 284 women bus conductors in a first-of-its-kind initiative. Out of these,181 women were shortlisted recently and will be handed over the appointment letters at an event in Gandhinagar on April 23. The decision has been taken in accordance with the state policy of 30 per cent reservation for women across sectors. We received 1335 applications and selected 181 after tests, said the GSRTC secretary P D Patel.
At present,the transport corporation has 12,000 conductors and nearly 14,000 drivers. Out of these,only thirteen female conductors have been appointed so far.
After they get their appointment letters,these women will undergo a three-day training in Gandhinagar. Talking about the postings of women conductors,Patel added,For their convenience,they will be posted in their native places only. As the vacancies are across the state,it will not be difficult to place them as per their convenience. Though no relaxation will be given in working hours.
In order to fill the remaining 103 seats of women conductors,the state transport department will advertise for the vacancies soon. Also,for the safety of women passengers,the department plans to launch a helpline sometime next month.
Heat relief: Commuters may get free ride on buses
The heat action plan for city residents,revealed on Tuesday,spells good news for people commuting by bus. One of the plans proposals is that when mercury will shoot up beyond alert levels,people travelling in buses should not be made to pay for tickets during the peak time. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is about to put its seal of approval on the plan in its standing committee and general board meeting.
According to Dr Dileep Mavalankar,director of Gandhinagars Indian Institute of Public Health,free travel would be offered on both Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services and Bus Rapid Transit System buses if the proposal was accepted.