CELCABS TRIVANDRUM Introduces the FIRST Lady TAXI Driver in Kerala


 

 CELCABS the first & foremost Taxi Fleet Operator in Kerala to Train & Induct a Lady Taxi driver in Trivandrum. For the first time in History.
CELCABS, The Taxi Fleet Operator, the only one of its kind in Kerala, driven by most modern technology for its Fleet & man management. Headquartered at Bangalore and having its presence in TRIVANDRUM, PUNE, NAGPUR, HYDERABAD, MANGALORE, UDUPI, MANIPAL, and ATTINGAL & to launch in another 3 stations including Chennai & Coimbatore.
Banking on the expertise of people from service industry with experience over 2 decades, our own state of art R&D facility for software “TAXI APPLICATION”, GPS & CELCABS ON BOARD BILLING systems, we aim big in Human Logistics movement in the coming years in India.
Getting Inspiration from one of  female Director Ms. Shardha Kamath and Mr.Chandru of  Trivandrum being always innovative in his approach, had introduced Ms.Vijayakumari (42) as the first female taxi driver in KERALA. Vijayakumari, mother of two and resident from Trivandrum City Suburb PULIYARAKONAM, commutes to her work in bus hence she could drive her taxi only between 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.
She is very excited and wishes to continue in this Male dominated job. It was bit painful for her for migrating from her regular maruthi car to a Tata Indica, but her determination had helped her to be confident enough. She wishes to get herself a heavy license and try driving those heavy truck/buses in future.
Vijayakumari, who was earlier doing some odd stitching jobs, was fascinated motors, so she studied to drive a 2 wheeler, after that she shared her desire to study driving an auto, for which her family did not agree, later she convinced her family that if she know auto driving and get one for her, their family could go together to attend the Sunday Mass at their Church.
After successfully completing her auto driving classes she had the desire to drive a car and started learning Car driving. After successfully completing her car driving classes, she joined her trainer in his driving school to impart driving classes for females approaching his driving school. Here only she came to know about that  CELCABS Trivandrum is on lookout for a lady taxi driver, she approached them, and she also got impressed that the CELCABS call center was dominated by her own clad “girls” headed by another Vijaya
After that Ms.Vijayakumari got accustomed to the Tata Indica which she is driving now a day.
Ms.Vijayakumari wishes to have a TATA INDICA all by herself as a self employment if our Women and Child welfare department or any financial Institution supports her.
Ms.Vijayakumari is also ready to train and guide any number of ladies who wishes to join as taxi driver.
Gone are the days of male domination in Taxi driving field says Ms.Vijayakumari.
Mr.Chandru says, he would not take any credit out of this since the credit for introducing a lady driver is a strategy of his company Directors, whom had entrusted this responsibility to him and it was Successful because of the determination of Ms.Vijayakumari, guidance of the company Chairman Mr. Nikhil M.S, his team, the sustained pain and effort taken by  staff members inCELCABS  Trivandrum in liaison with  Users in Trivandrum to make this a reality.

Ahmedabad BRT gifts first woman driver to Gujarat

The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Ahmedabad is set to give the state arguably its first female bus driver. Kalpana Soni is currently honing her bus-driving skills under Chartered Logistics Ltd, which has received the contract from Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL) to manage the bus operations in the city.


Soni may well be steering the BRTS buses on the corridor, rubbing shoulders with her male counterparts before the official launch of the transit system in Ahmedabad. "We have been looking for a female driver to operate a BRTS bus. But only after a long search did we find Kalpana," said Pankaj Gandhi of Chartered Logistics. He said he was keen to hire a female driver as they are sincere, punctual and soft-spoken.


"I was inspired to rope in female drivers when I saw how well they could take charge of buses in countries like China. Iam trying to rope in more female drivers. If all goes, the Ahmedabad BRTS will set an example for others to follow," Gandhi said. "Unlike the common image of female drivers, Kalpana is picking up her skills very quickly and with efficiency," Gandhi said.

Soni, who belongs to a well-settled family, earlier ran a driving school in Ahmedabad, claiming to have taught around 1,000 people till date. "Initially, I was very nervous while holding the steering of the bus. It is undeniably a heavy vehicle for a woman to drive. But Pankaj Gandhi convinced me to take up the job and gave me a train to learn how to drive on the BRTS corridor," Soni said.

Soni may be excited about becoming arguably the first female bus driver in Gujarat, but the work has not been a cakewalk. "The societal status attached with the post of a driver was a hurdle for me. My son was a bit hesitant about me steering a BRTS bus. But I explained to him that I would be system operator and not just a driver, as I will be handling a lot of other operations while driving," she said.

Pondy gets first woman bus driver


 Sasi Praba,28,has become the first-ever woman bus driver in the Union territory of Puducherry with a private transport company allowing her the opportunity to steer the heavy vehicle on the busy thoroughfares.
She has been driving the bus for the past one week amidst cheers and encouragement from passengers and the public.She operates two routes daily which connects Puducherry with Pudukuppam and Kalapet villages.
Praba,who had a keen interest in driving since childhood,obtained the required driving license in 2005.In addition to a license for a heavy vehicle,she also has the necessary licenses to ride two wheelers,drive light vehicles,autos and goods vehicles including tractors and bulldozers.What is more surprising is that she never went to driving school.Being adventurous,she picked up the skill whenever she got the opportunity to learn.
Being a bike maniac,I started riding an Enfield Bullet when I was in school,while my classmates found even riding a bicycle a challenge, Praba told TOI.But her passion for driving saw no bounds when her father Krishnaraj bought a car in 1998.I can recall to this day with clarity,how my father asked me to drive the car at midnight one day,when the roads were free of traffic.I soon learnt how to use the gears and very quickly,I became comfortable driving on my own, she said.
In 2002,she obtained licenses to drive light vehicles and ride two-wheelers.Within the next three years she successfully learnt to drive a lorry,bus,tractor and auto and also acquired the necessary licenses to drive these vehicles.


IN THE DRIVING SEAT: Sasi Praba

KSRTC appoints woman bus driver







K. Ningamma became the first woman driver of KSRTC in Mysore on Tuesday.

MYSORE, MARCH 8. On International Women's Day, nothing could have been a better gift to this affable woman who always cherished her moments behind the wheel.
For, in another first for women, 35-year-old Ningamma became the first woman driver of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Tuesday with the launch of Sahana, an exclusive service for women, by women.
K. Ningamma navigated 94B, a specified route for women, through the busy thoroughfares of Mysore on Tuesday morning.
Offering her moral support was the Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka State Open University, K. Sudha Rao, who flagged off the new bus route between Vivekananda Nagar and City Bus Stand. However, breaking into the male bastion has not been a smooth ride for this woman from Krishnarajpet in Mandya district.
It took nearly four years for Ningamma, who was appointed as a driver-cum-conductor in the KSRTC, to convince her bosses.
After completing her stint as a conductor in north Karnataka, she was posted to Mysore where her desire to be a driver was met with positive response from officials.
A month's training alongside an expert driver gave her confidence.

Her husband, Puttanna, an employee in the Law Department in Nanjangud

Mamata’s Motorwomen


International Women’s Day on March 8 saw yet another milestone in women’s empowerment in India, when a woman Surekha Yadav piloted the heritage train the Deccan Queen for the first time for the Central Railways. Last October Priti Kumari, the first direct recruit as motorwoman in the 143 year old Western Railways, created history, when she steered a suburban train alone.

While Surekha Yadav is a 45-year old mother of two teenagers, Priti Kumari is 34 and a mother of a girl child. Surekha was the first motorwoman in Asia, Priti Kumari is the second.

The two women are in the driving seat at a time, when the Railway Minister is another spirited woman, Mamata Banerjee, an icon in her own right, fighting for a ‘change in governance’ in West Bengal and may just become the first woman Chief Minister of the state. The Railway Ministry’s decision to have Surekha pilot the Deccan Queen on International Women’s Day, was perhaps Mamata’s message to the red bastion in Bengal that a change is on track.
Neither Surekha nor Priti have ever driven a two-wheeler or for that matter a four-wheeler but both of them had the determination of doing something different and neither let being a woman come in the way.

It’s a coincidence that the railways boasts two women loco drivers especially, when the highest office of the Indian Railways is being handled by a woman with a human touch more successfully than her earlier male counterparts. She has what it takes to reach the top – patience, concentration, quick decision making capabilities, alertness, discipline and resilience. Mamata has been consistent in her determination to oust the Left Front from power in West Bengal for over two decades.
Speaking to reporters just before pulling out with the Deccan Queen Surekha said that the question is not who is driving the train, a man or a woman – “It is a huge responsibility as you have over 4,500 people on board a train which you are driving.”
Emergencies like someone coming under the train, mechanical failures, chain-pulling among others can occur anytime. “You can’t sit there screaming for help. The frequency of trains operating is high and you need to take a decision immediately. Every second is important,” Surekha told the media. Priti Kumari is also aware of the dangers, a loco driver can face at any given moment. But they are not scared and are determined to carry out their responsibilities.
Mamata is aware that administering the Railways is different from administering a state like West Bengal, which has been ruled by the Leftists for 34 years. She knows that the responsibility is huge and expectations from her are sky high. But she is undaunted. She knows if her party wins, she will be in another driver’s seat in a changed political scenario just as Surekha and Priti know they will have to pilot the trains carrying passengers come what ma

C.V.Thilagavathi – Southern Railway’s first woman EMU motorcar driver


For the first time in the history of Southern Railway a woman has been posted as motorcar driver of an EMU. C.V.Thilagavathi operates EMU services in the Chennai suburban network, except on Chennai Beach – Tambaram section.
She joined as Assistant Driver in the Indian Railways in 1995. According to the 37-year-old Thilagavathi, she did not know that the job would involve operation of locomotives when she applied for the post of diesel assistant. Only after the selection, she came to know that she had to assist loco drivers in operating mail and express trains. Though she was little bit hesitant, it was her father who asked her to take up the post as it would be a challenging one.
After working as assistant driver for four years in long distance mail and express trains in Bhopal, Central Railway, she was transferred to Southern Railway in 1999. Thilagavathi who was posted in Chennai Division was soon promoted as the main driver of goods trains. Subsequently, she was given two months training in the working of EMU services and one month course in general rules of suburban operation.
December 16, 2009, was a memorable day for Thilagavathi as on that day she was asked to operate the Moore Market Complex – Tiruvallur EMU service. “I was not at all nervous when I was asked to operate the EMU for the first time. I operated the service with ease and reached the destination in time.”
Talking to The Hindu, Ms.Thilagavathi said “It is just like any other job and my colleagues cooperate with me like in other professions.” Asked about the reaction of passengers when they saw her in the motor cabin, she said some looked at her with surprise. Some women commuters shook hands with her after she got down from the car. A senior citizen commented that he was happy to see a woman driving an EMU and congratulated her for taking up the job.
If everything goes on well, Ms. Thilagavathi will get promotion as mail and express loco driver.

Samta Kumari – India’s Fifth woman loco pilot and First Woman Driver of Gorakhpur


The Railway Recruitment Board, Gorakhpur, has selected first women loco pilot on Monday. Samta Kumari is the fifth women loco pilot all across the India appointed by the Railways.
Samta Kumari, a residence of Bihar, said that she always dreamed to become a train driver and she finally did it. She wanted to pave the way for others to enter the male-dominated job.
Samta Kumari, Lucknow division’s first, and India s fifth woman train driver started her debut drive from Lucknow-Gonda Passenger (train number 592) on 14 July 2010. She will now assist Gyanendra Dixit, the Main Pilot of the Lucknow Gonda Passenger Train Number 592. She also promised to do her duty with full honest and commitment. She also promised to do her duty with full honest and commitment.
For the residents from nondescript places between Lucknow and Gonda, Samta Kumari is the reigning star. Villagers flock to halts and railway stations for a glimpse of this 28- year- old woman engine driver, the first in the Lucknow division and the fifth in the country.
But Samta’s fan base is giving their idol cause for concern.
”People try to jump near the engine to see me through the window. There are also a large number of passengers who rush towards the engine whenever the train stops. I want to appeal to these people to be careful about their safety and take me as any other driver. I am no one extraordinary,” she said.
”Two days ago, I was the assistant loco pilot on the 592 Lucknow- Gonda Passenger from Charbagh Railway station in Lucknow to Gonda. That day, I had only one thought – I should work hard and one day get the opportunity to drive the Rajdhani Express between Kashmir and Kanyakumari,” she added.
The third among four sisters and a brother, she was offered a railway job on compassionate grounds after her father Keshav Bihari, a railway employee, passed away in 2005. But she turned it down.
The feisty woman had said: ”I don’t want any sympathy. I wanted to be a pilot. But when I came to know that Surekha Yadav, Mumtaz Khan, Sunita Naik and Richa Patel had already become train drivers; I joined the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and decided to try my luck. I appeared in the Railway Recruitment Board Examination and cleared it without much difficulty.
”Trains are not new to me. I have grown up and played around them because my father used to be posted at railway stations in Bihar.” Her elder sisters Alka and Arti are municipal councillors in Khagaul in Danapur, while her younger sister Mamta and brother Prabhakar are looking for a job.
But the hand that operates the locomotive’s levers also loves wielding the paintbrush. Water colours are her favourite.
”My mother Dayawanti Devi is very proud of me. She wants me to work hard as a train driver as well as devote time for my hobby,” Samta said.
But how does she cope with all this? ”Whenever in despair, I remember Indira Gandhi, who was a woman of conviction and strength. She inspires me to follow my heart,” Samta said.

Laxmi Lakra – India’s second woman to make the post in India and First woman engine driver with Northern Railways.


From a poor, tribal family in village Dela Doli Kokar near Ranchi in Jharkhand to becoming a woman engine driver – Laxmi Lakra, 27, has come a long way. And for this petite, spirited young woman, even the journey was exciting. Laxmi is the second woman to make the post in India; Surekha Yadav from Mumbai was the first, joining Central Railways in 1992. Laxmi, though, is the first woman engine driver with Northern Railways.
“I’ve always competed with men,” says this petite but steely woman. “I love challenges and the moment somebody says this is ‘not for the girls’, I make sure I go ahead and do it!” Laxmi, who was selected for this coveted post after clearing the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) test last year, credits her parents – both construction laborers in Jharkhand – with her success.
“My parents are illiterate, but they never discriminated between the boys and girls of the family. My two brothers and my sister had the freedom to choose their careers.” Laxmi says that her father did not mind if the children did not eat for a day, but was most upset if they skipped school! “God’s gift” is how she describes her parents’ awareness of the importance of education.
Currently, one of Laxmi’s brothers is in the US on a scholarship, while her sister is a first-class graduate. All the children took tuition classes in their spare time to earn extra bucks and finance their own education. Laxmi would even help run the house – filling in grocery, getting house repairs done, buying school uniforms for her younger sister – while her parents slogged extra hours to keep the wolf from the door.
However, despite these rigors of her early life, Laxmi had an innate sense of fun and adventure. And in between those bouts of mundane household chores and studying, she would borrow scooters and motorbikes from her co-students at the polytechnic institute she studied in. On these, she would go for spins around her village with her sister. “The other village girls would be aghast at my ‘audacity’. But my logic was simple – as long as I was having fun without harming anybody, doing well in my studies and helping my parents, why should I not lead a lifestyle of my own choice?”
Laxmi’s somewhat unconventional journey began at a government school in Jharkhand, where she was always considered a ‘bright child’. One of the very few girl students in her school, she was always considered ‘one of the boys’. After her senior secondary school, Laxmi secured a diploma in electronics (again considered a ‘boy’s subject’) from the Women’s Polytechnic in Ranchi.
And just when she was deciding on her future course of action came the railway exam, which she cleared in her first attempt. In fact, Laxmi was the only woman in her batch of 372 trainees. She was then packed off for a nine-month training course, which included training on electric engines in Ghaziabad, diesel engines in Tughlakabad and goods engines in Chandausi, Moradabad.
Laxmi’s current job – which gives her a “king’s salary” of Rs 11,000 (1US$=Rs 45) per month (this is of 2006 payscale) – is “highly satisfying”, she says. She does an eight to 10-hour shift each day, shuttling goods and passenger trains engines in and around Delhi. “Of course, it is not easy,” she admits, laughing. “The noise, the pollution, the constant shuttling do get to me occasionally. But then this is the life I’ve chosen. And I’m proud of it.”
Indian Railways is an equal opportunities employer, Laxmi asserts. She also says that her male colleagues have been “most cooperative”. She hasn’t faced discrimination or distress based on her gender.
Laxmi’s ultimate dream, however, is to pilot the Shatabdi Rajdhani. “It’s a super-fast train, and it will be an honor to run that,” she says.
And what about settling down, now that she’s pushing 30? “Well, my parents are keen that I marry soon, but I have to choose someone who can understand my choices in life and respect me for what I am. Having led such an independent life so far, I can’t spend the rest of my life with someone regressive,” she concludes.
In the meantime, an engine trundles in, whistling at New Delhi’s Shakurbasti Railway Station. And it’s duty time for Laxmi. She dons her cap, tidies up her smart blue uniform and is off in a trice…

Surekha Yadav – The first Indian Woman train driver of passenger train

in her canary-yellow sari and gold earrings, with a pair of thin-framed spectacles perched on her nose, Surekha Yadav could be any woman stepping down from the train at Mumbai’s main railway station.
But the 44-year-old mother-of-two stands out from the crowds on the platforms at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) as she doesn’t just travel on the trains – she drives them.
Yadav was the first female passenger train driver on Mumbai’s Central Railwaysand has become a standard-bearer for women in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Since she first jumped into the cab of Mumbai’s packed commuter trains 10 years ago – attracting curious looks from commuters – one other “motorwoman” now plies the same suburban route. Two are assistant drivers.
There are also women train drivers on the Western Railway network, ferrying many of the 6 million people who use the city’s overstretched network every day.
Yadav, who admitted having no interest in trains before applying for a job as an assistant goods train driver in 1989, said she has had nothing but support from her male colleagues.
Motorwoman drives equality in India
“They encouraged, helped and took care of me,” she said, adding she had taken special training to become the first woman driver of a “ghat loco”, the two-engined passenger trains that climb the hills of western Maharashtra state. “Because I was the only woman, they were curious whether I could do it or not,” she said.
Women like Yadav can be found throughout Indian history, from warrior queens like Rani Lakshmibai and members of the independence movement to the first – and so far, only – female prime minister, Indira Gandhi.
But although India’s constitution “guarantees to all Indian women equality”, differences between the sexes still exist, particularly in rural areas, in terms of access to education, health care and even food.
Over a third of Indian women aged 15 to 49 said they had experienced domestic violence, according to a 2007 National Family Health Survey. Overall violence against women increased by nearly 25 percent between 2003 and 2007, the latest available government statistics show. The highest rises – more than 30 percent – were recorded for kidnap, abduction and torture.
Madhu Purnima Kishwar, of New Delhi’s Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and founder of leading rights group Manushi Sangathan, said that in the workplace gender was no bar to success – provided women were strong. “In India, women who demonstrate that they are stronger than men usually find men falling at their feet,” she said, linking it to the worship of Hindu goddesses and the importance of mothers in Indian society.
Apart from being India’s first “motorwoman”, Yadav has also been part of the attempt to curb another problem: complaints about sexual harassment – or “eve-teasing” as it is known in India.
Rail minister Mamata Banerjee introduced “Ladies Specials” trains in India’s four largest cities this year to improve safety for female commuters, whose numbers are increasing as more urban women forge careers outside the home.

Yadav drove the first service into CST.
She is positive about her job and the opportunities it has given her, attributing her determination to succeed to her family, who sent her to convent school before she took a diploma in electrical engineering.
“Everybody was given the chance to chase their own dream. Whatever they wanted to do. We had freedom for education. We took advantage of that. We were very lucky to get that,” she explained. “(My mother) never said being a girl child you should do cooking. You should study first then we will see. You need to be bold.”
Nevertheless, Yadav – who cites as influences Indira Gandhi and Lakshmibai, the 19th century heroine of Indian resistance against the British – admits it has still been tough. The job is physically demanding and time consuming, giving her less time to spend with her two teenaged sons and police officer husband.
Working in an all-male environment since college has also taken its toll on her social life, she said. “I miss the friendship with women for the last 23 years. I feel shy talking with girls now,” she said.
Yadav works for 10 hours every day and she was one of the 10 women, felicitated recently by the Delhi-based National Women’s Council for her outstanding service.
Yadav has been working with the Central Railways for the last eight years. Recently she was promoted from assistant driver to motorman for local suburban trains. Amongst the four women who were selected for the job, she is the only one who has continued in it.
The pay scales for women, according to Yadav, are on par with the male workers. And how do the male workers react to a woman driver? “Some are jealous. Some are co-operative,” says Yadav. And this is true even of the passengers. “Sometimes during emer gencies people discover that there is a woman driver. I don’t lose my cool. And if the mob is angry it generally calms down a bit when it spots a woman driver at the controls,” she adds.
But to be safe in such situations, Yadav has worked out a strategy. Says she, “I close all the doors, remain alert for any attacks and try and think on my feet. The people who do rasta rokos or try to damage trains should fight it out with the administr ation. There is no point in attacking trains. They should have the right attitude and approach. As a driver, my mind is on passenger safety and timely arrivals.”
Yadav may be a small cog in the wheel of the suburban railway network in Mumbai that transports roughly 14 million passengers across the metropolis during peak hours, but for millions of other women who want to work and earn, she is as good a role model as they can get.

Priyanka N, the first woman loco pilot of namman metro

Priyanka N, the first woman loco pilot of namman metro
It is a rite of passage that most youngsters aspire to grow up to become a train driver. But young Priyanka N. had no such ambition. All she wanted was a well-paying job. And this 20-year-old did land one, as the first woman loco pilot of Namma Metro. To top it, she drove the inaugural train from M.G. Road to Byappanahalli on Thursday!
It was certainly an honour, she told The Hindu.“Though I knew it, I got the formal letter on Wednesday. I'm delirious with happiness!”
Dream come true
Ms. Priyanka, though barely out of her teens, had already driven the metro train for over 1,000 km. “I was probably chosen because of my performance. We were made to take examinations as well. This is a dream come true for me.” The job — and the assignment — is a big deal for a person like her who had not even travelled on a railway train until recently. “The first time I travelled by train was when I was sent to Delhi for training with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. I went through nearly six months of training by first learning on a simulator,” she said.
She had applied for a job with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation when she completed her diploma in electrical and electronics engineering from APS Polytechnic. “I applied after I learnt about electrical traction. Incidentally, our metro runs through electrical traction. I was selected in July last year.”
Butterflies
Though she is already a veteran as a loco pilot thanks to all those test runs, she had butterflies in her stomach in the run-up to the inauguration, daunted as she was by the prospect of hauling 1,000 passengers.
Ms. Priyanka, who lives on Kanakapura Road, takes a bus to her workplace. It will be a while when she can finally take Namma Metro to the Byappanahalli depot where she starts her day.

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