Women safety has been a cause of concern for a long time now. Every day, specially while travelling solo, many women passengers have reported regarding sexual harassment by the drivers of the taxi services they hire. The fact that these numbers are increasing every day is a great cause of concern and require immediate action.
Keeping in mind the present scenario and the urgent attention it needs, the National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd. (NYCS) has initiated the project ‘RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING’ in the state of Uttar Pradesh. wherein 6000 drivers, comprising of OLA drivers and other local drivers of Taxi, Three-wheeler Auto Rickshaw (passenger & commercial) and Commercial Vehicle (Light &Heavy) will be given behavioral training and will be certified regarding the same. This project shall be implemented across 5 locations in UP namely Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur and Noida.
This project will help the drivers having not had any formal training in the past to be trained and certified through the unique project of RPL under PMKVY. Since most of these drivers may not be educated through formal streams of education thus training on Soft Skills, Behavioral Skills and addressing the specific issue of behavior with woman passengers shall encourage and empower them through this project.
There has been a consensus in the government to give top priority to form a strategy on safety of women passengers and this project shall be a step towards the same.